while Caro and I were out and about, we stopped for lunch at one of those
Salad-bar places, and she requested an extra takeout container to fill for
taking home.After we’d finished our
lunch, I went on out into the lobby to wait for her while she made her
selections at the buffet.
line was sparser, but still going through, and I looked down and across the
divider to see the most beautiful child---a little girl of about three, with
the most astonishingly-beautiful hair---just a shining waterfall up in a tight
band---not a ponytail, somehow, but across the width of her head and cascading down way past her waist. She reached up, several times, lifting it by the sides and letting it fall sumptuously through her little hands as if she luxuriated in that special gift she carried.
Almost exactly like this, except not in "made" curls---more a luxuriant ripple of small gleaming waves, and the young lady was much tinier.
turned and we smiled at each other.I said, “You look very pretty today.”She
ducked her head, looked up, smiled again.Catching a glimpse of the two Disney characters on her tiny shirt, I
said, “Oh, do you like Elsa and Anna, too?We do.”
held her shirt-front out from her body for a look, and grinned again.“You know, we like them so much we had a
FROZEN birthday party for my granddaughter,” I said.Her Daddy had been smiling at the
interchange, as she and I talked of the movie and the two sisters, and I went
on to tell her about the party decorations and how much fun we had had.
said,“Her birthday’s tomorrow, and
mine was yesterday”---then we got into the Happys and the “Mine was a few days
ago, and Caro’s is Friday,”with good
wishes and general congratulations all around, like a bunch of happy Shriners at convention.Isn’t it a marvel what just a
smile among strangers will enkindle?
whoever you are, Beautiful Baby Girl----I wish you a Happy Birthday today, one
as sweet as your smile.
had a lovely day for our Kitchen Debut party yesterday---A glorious, Fallish day, with windows and doors
open and the dapply sun shining through all the GREEN outdoors.
non when all is set to rights again---right now, Caro and I are taking the day
off after all those weeks of KITCHEN stuff.We’re headed out to the just-refurbished patio with our NOOKS, the new
REACHER, and a big pitcher of Lemon Tea.
you to EVERYBODY who does something for anybody else, in any helping
capacity---Work, Pray, Teach, Make, Heal, Tend, Feed, Clothe, Extend a Hand,
Hold a Hand, Fill a Hand, Intervene, Interpret, Listen, Neighbor, Carry, Lift, Protect, Serve, or anywise Look Out For.