Monday, August 24, 2009

Unexpected Pleasure At A Fast Food Joint...

So Saturday I was lunching at Kristin Chenoweth's and my fast food choice. A few tables away there was a family sort of group, which included a couple of little girls, ten or twelve ish- I'm awful at guessing ages. All was quiet and peaceful, when there came a little buzz of excitement. I looked up just as a young woman came in, like twenty or twenty five- and SQUEEEE!

The little girls were all over her! Hugging, "WELCOME BACK!!! WE MIIIIISSED YOU!!!!"

I never saw such a welcome outside of returns from deployment- and plenty of them are less enthusiastic than this one was. Whatever their histories, these were some serious pals.

So they sat down and had a catch up conversation, which quickly settled to the best sort of talk between friends- easy, like they had just been apart for a couple of days. (I wasn't listening on purpose, they were close by.)

I don't know where the absent one had been, or what she was to the younger ones, but I really liked the little slice of human joy and connection they showed everyone nearby.

Thank you, random strangers, for a little reminder of one of the best things about being human!

1 comment:

Bob said...

Just came across this while surfing the net on my night shift. It is poignant that you need a reminder of what it is to be human. You have struck me as being a lonely guy since I began reading your blog. Sad for you, man. If you ever find someone who loves you and accepts you for what you are, don't let her get away. Then you will have your own joyous reunions.