A Really Wonderful Day
“Old friends are the great blessings of one’s later years. Half a word conveys one’s meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow To Be old friends?” ~ Horace Walpole
So as I’ve mentioned my mother is in the hospital and has been seriously ill, near death a few days ago she is getting stronger and stronger each day and getting back to her old self. Something we are both amazed and thankful to see. So of course, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the hospital in the town I grew up in, a town I have spent very little time in over the last thirty years.
Today in the midst of the serious nature of what is happening, there were a series of really great little interactions that raised a smile and made me happy and I thought I would share.
First, I was leaving the cafeteria when I spotted a familiar face coming down the hall. It was Janet a girl who I went to school with since kindergarten but hadn’t seen since graduation. We’d recently reconnected on Facebook but it was wonderful to actually see her in person, to catch up and wrap my arms around her for a giant bear hug.
After that little interaction one of my best friends came to visit, Bryan and I haven’t seen each other in a couple of years and we spent a wonderful 3 hour lunch chatting and catching up. There’s a lot of energy to be gained from reconnecting with amazing friends and it was wonderful to see him.
A couple of hours later as I was leaving my mother’s room and my sister was coming in she said, “do you hear that voice?” Yes, I said, she replied, “I think that’s Aaron.” Aaron is another friend who I grew up with, went to school with since Kindergarten, and started walking to school with when I was but 7 years old. I hadn’t seen him in over 20 years, his health has been bad and in fact, I had heard he had passed away. Before going into his room, I was told he couldn’t see, but walking into his room he looked at me, smiled, and said my first name and then said man I almost didn’t recognize you with that big beard. We had a big embrace and chatted for a little while, both of us with huge grins on our faces. It’s amazing the power that exists in being with someone who has literally known you your whole life.
On the way out of the hospital, I traveled down the elevator with an elderly gentleman I guessed was in his 70’s. He had on a really nice bright red ski jacket and there was a patch on it, 80+ skiing. I finally asked him if I was interpreting his patch correctly, had he been skiing past the age of 80? He said, “yes, but I haven’t been out this year.” I told him how impressed I was and he smiled and said, next week is my 87th birthday. Nothing makes me happier than seeing folks his age, that active, it gives me incredible hope for what life can be and reminds me of my own grandfather who got in a street fight at 87, but that’s a story for another day.
This is what made me happy today, what was if for you friends, drop me a note and let me know and I’ll happily share it in a post or on our Facebook Page. Regardless, I hope this raised a smile and helped you have a happier day my friends. ~ Rev Kane