As I have repeatedly written in one form or other, blogging is not about writing posts. Heck, that’s the least of your challenges. No, blogging is about cultivating a mutually beneficial relationships with an ever-growing online readership, and that’s hard work.” ~Alistair Cameron
Life is messier than we expect & full of surprises. When I began blogging I really wasn't all that surprised when I crashed my first blog. I'm technologically incompetant. I was devestated but not surprised. I was not surprised when I crashed a 2nd blog ~ though less devestated. I'd learnt a thing or two by then & figured on putting it all back together. What I didn't expect was the friendships ~ though when Ruby first agreed to meet with me on one of her trips to Brisbane I admit to metaphorically kicking myself for letting me in for who knows what?! What if she didn't like me in the real? What if we had nothing to talk about & our time was full of those long awkward silences? What if our differences were a problem? I stewed myself into a lather & then added the lethal combination of trying to find my way round Brisbane to the mix.
So silly, because Ruby is lovely. If she finds me a little strange she has been kind enough to never say so. So naturally, when she found herself in Brissie again she got in contact. Could we meet up? Panic stations at this end. I have 3 adults living in this house at present all of whom use my mainland car more than I do & have commitments. We juggled times & locations. I had a meltdown all over Liddy & she felt sorry enough for me that she agreed to drive me. Ruby was subjected to the full impact of the Ganeida Women in whirly~gig mode. Last time there was just Ruby & I & Star plugged in to her i~pod ~ & we were all a little shy. This time there was Ruby & Ruby's young gentlemen [who looked askance at Star for some time before deciding she was harmless & safe to talk to lol], Liddy & Star in outrageous mode & me. I talk too much when I get nervous. Poor Ruby. Star 's dad had just paid her allowance so she went & bought sugar. Trust me, that child does not need a sugar fix, ever. Liddy is no shy shanks & no slouch in the verbosity department either.
This time we met up as friends who have been apart too long & were delighted to see each other again. So much of life happens off screen & there are things you just don't put up there on a blog for all the world to read about. Well I don't & Ruby doesn't. We had a chance to chat about those things, to share a little more deeply & I know there are things added to my prayer list because that is what friends do for each other; they pray for each other's needs. We were still chatting as Ruby's car pulled up & she got in & drove away, on her way back to her other life, a plane ride away in a township I once visited in the long ago. She will be back & I hope we will do this again.
So while Ruby was negotiating her way into the airport I was dropping Liddy back at the boat & taking Star to lunch...which reminds me. Star has the oddest eating habits & she thinks sugar is a food group so deciding on a meal the child will actually eat is something of a marathon effort. Chinese is usually good but to my surprise she opted for a kebab. A kebab is usually something Liddy or I will opt for & we add all the trimmings: tabouli, humus etc. Star stuck to chicken, lettuce & carrot but as Star handed me the change the young man serving her noticed me & a delighted smile lit up his face. He touched a hand to his head indicating my covering & gave me a thumbs up. Oh dear. I think he thought I was muslim. And no, I wasn't wearing my kameeze.
It was just one of those days. On to choir & the child on crutches informed us all she's just learnt there was a difference between crutch & crotch. Apparently she's been telling everyone about her crotches. What a howler. Then Star pushed her in her wheelchair out to the car ~ only it wasn't her car & it was raining & in the process Star bogged the wheelchair. While the rest of us fell about laughing Alison videoed it for prosperity. Reckon it's doing the round of the choirs this week!
I got home & the cats fell all over me because I'd been gone too long & they'd missed me ~ & I was exhausted. Now you all probably are as well.