“Hi Jules! How’s life?”
Barely through the store’s front door and edging me out of my own ‘hello’ greeting, Sandy’s question made me smile and feel more welcome in my own space than she could possibly know.
Small town life bestows large gifts.
“There are so many people who don’t know small towns exist.” ~ Jan Karon
What a loss! Not to know the gifts of a small town.
And, to me, most of those gifts have been all of you who have so bestowed us with your humor, your kindness, your stories of daily life, your uplifting smiles and your words of wisdom about all things human… sometimes with just a touch of irony. But, above all else, your friendship and caring making us feel part of a family.
Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting. ~ Doris “Granny D” Haddock
Dear Doris…. What a wise observation. You have opened my eyes.
I think of Claire whose courage, humor and creativity abound from that painted head of hers.
I think of Cynthia who walks Louie around town looking like Maria Therese in her royal wardrobe.
I think of Elizabeth whose wise countenance always opens new vision.
I think of Carol with her infectious laugh.
I think of Joan who is my Saturday friend and makes me feel good about my suggestions for her wardrobe on an upcoming trip.
I think of glamorous Kay who fooled us all in those big white sunglasses. ‘Who is that?’ we all wondered when she walked in the front door eager to share her ‘joie de vie’ with all of us.
I think of Lili who, a few years back, went from zero to ten on the fashion scale and now delights in a wardrobe that makes her look “so good.”
I think of Leah who has a totem pole in her front yard and sews costumes for the local ballet and looks good in near everything she tries on. And that twinkle in her eye is the best accessory anyone could have.
I think of Miki and her head of gorgeous white hair who walks tall and proud around town….. lately needing a cane but so what!!
I could go on and on. I hope my message has been conveyed.
I adore and miss all my ‘more interesting’ friends. You brought such light and happiness to my life and I look forward to the joy of returning to greet, welcome and share stories with all of you about how life has been of late for all of us in our small corner of the world.
Until then… be safe and sound!
There is a comfortable feeling in small towns. It is salubrious. ~ Andie MacDowell
Ah! Salubrious indeed. Okay…. I had to go look it up but, if you want a short cut….
Just ask Justin at Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs.