Visit From An Old Friend

Early morning light streams over my left shoulder onto the unfinished art quilt in my lap. After a year, it’s graduated from the unwieldy three-foot hoop to a six-incher. Almost done, it whispers to me. This part. 

Missy Higgins croons quietly from the iPod.  Sometimes every inch is bruised, and there’s nothing you can do…

The cats snooze elsewhere, satisfied that nothing superviseable is happening.

One more swallow of chai left in my mug. My favorite mug.

There’s a strange word drifting in and out of my mental rear view mirror, gaining on me, slipping through the open window and settling into the shotgun seat.


Yes. That’s it. An old friend gone missing for years, decades, maybe. She’s one of those friends I used to chase after, trying to coax her back, trying to remember what happened to put so much distance between us.

I gave up the chase long ago. I stopped chasing after all the Used To Be’s. All that wanting kept me stuck, kept me sick. Instead, I blessed what I held in my hands.

But, here she is, back for a visit. I’m too savvy now to hope she’ll stay long, but maybe she’ll come back again, now that she knows the way.

And when Henry nestles into his companionable niche against my side, I know how he feels.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Plagman
    May 06, 2018 @ 09:39:57

    Wow, love your writing, I was there with you! Content one, enjoy! Nancy. 🙏

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Sawsan
    May 06, 2018 @ 09:42:36

    Right now, your friend is here with me! Thank you for that. Your beautiful writing put her here 💋❤


  3. petrujviljoen
    May 06, 2018 @ 11:04:11

    Beautiful post!


  4. Anita S
    May 06, 2018 @ 13:05:50

    So inspiring! You made me feel I might have the chance to welcome her too.


    May 06, 2018 @ 17:31:27


    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Writer Lori
    May 07, 2018 @ 03:38:15

    Ahhh, Sandy, my heart was suffused with joy when I read this lovely post. Hope your friend decides that she likes OK and will visit regularly!


  7. David Kanigan
    May 08, 2018 @ 19:09:16



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