Saturday, June 23, 2007

Appreciation

I like it when I've planned on doing something and it gets canceled. That kind of happened today. And I liked it.
It's a 'serendipity', if I may call it that. And it let me have a late lunch with three of my favorite people: Will, Laura and Bailey. They are a whole generation away from me . . . but they treat me as if I mattered. Not just an 'old lady'. I appreciate that more than they know.

And I appreciate a man named Sam. He entered my life a lifetime ago. We have been through so much. Tomorrow we go to a place where our lives were enriched more than we ever thought they would be. Chattanooga, Oklahoma is a little town in southwest Oklahoma. The people there are perhaps the best people in the world. No. 'Perhaps' should be omitted from that sentence. They ARE the best people in the world. At least they were from 1986 to 1990. We lived there then. We didn't know what we had until we left. Now we know. Now we appreciate.

Appreciation is underrated. It is a kind of salve. When I realize how much I appreciate someone, something, or some place, I have a warm feeling in my insides. I have that now - for Will, Laura, Bailey, Sam, and First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Oklahoma.

2 comments:

Bailey Jo said...

You made me feel like a member of your family just then. I liked it. A lot.

I treasure you, Miss Nancy. Sometimes I don't understand why you are so fond of me or me of you, or why we get along so well, or how two generations could connect so much, or how you are more like a good friend that I know I can always turn to than you are a parent of my best friend, or why you would want to take time out of your life to get to know me better. And when I can't really find a sufficient explanation for these questions, it makes me smile. Sometimes the most wonderful things in life remain unexplained.

laura said...

fun fact: Rachael deemed "Serendipity" to be the name of our apartment. I don't really know why, but it is.

And I appreciate you as well.