Day 315 My Husband’s Prom Date

October 20, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

There are some days I like to remember and others that I’d rather forget; there are some people I will always remember while others quickly fade away. 

Years ago— when our eyes were sharper, our ears heard more, our skin fit tighter, our intestines tolerated more abuse and our joints didn’t complain— David and I met special people with whom we connected on a level that touched us. Even though our lives are different and physical distances separate us, we still managed to sometimes reconnect with these long-time friends.

Several years ago, David met my old Palestinian friend Salim who I’d met in the 60’s. Muslim Arab and Jew got along very well when we visited him while he was visiting professor at U. C. Berkeley. When David and I first started seeing one another, he told me about some of his friends from his past. He told me about Marilyn, his high school prom date, so when, many years later, Marilyn found him and called, I already knew about her. He was thrilled to reconnect with her and I was not disappointed when I finally got to meet her. I discovered that she is indeed very special and am happy to call her and her husband my friends now. Since that phone call, we met her in Vermont, then stayed with her and her husband in Salem, Oregon and now they are visiting us after a surprise phone call this morning. 

It is a treat that expands our lives when my husband and I can share people from the past who are also now part of our present. 

My gift today is a surprise call from a friend.

> Day 316: Touchstone

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