A lovely friend and I sat on a farmhouse balcony and shared afternoon tea today and this was our view.
I attended a routine hospital appointment this afternoon and she insisted on giving me a lift. The phone call with that offer was hilarious, as I initially resisted her kind suggestion. Why do we do that ‘No, it’s alright I can manage’ thing when anyone tries to be kind! It’s nuts. Anyway, mid conversation, as I was resisting, this was her deciding line:
‘Please do not deprive me of your company. I have missed you and it will be lovely to have a catch-up and I need to go there anyway to check on where things are when I have my appointment next month.’
I responded with ‘That is the most sophisticated emotional blackmail I have heard for some time.’
Much laughter followed, which set the theme for this afternoon.
We drove straight there, parked with ease, found the required hospital section and I was called in right away. Marvellous.
Then we walked out and turned left instead of right, talking nineteen to the dozen and completely oblivious to our error. As we walked out of the exit door we faced a car park we didn’t recognise.
‘This isn’t car park G’ my lovely friend said.
‘I am deeply impressed that you remember which ‘letter’ car park we are in’ I replied.
Several corridors, exits and different car park views later, we admitted we were lost. Various staff members were unable to help us either.
It was a comedy of errors and finally (and I do mean some time later) another nurse tried to help us. Suddenly I recalled that I had tucked the hospital letter and a map into my handbag. It is a testimony to my friend’s love, that she didn’t clock me one as I produced it.
We found our way and left two nurses shaking their heads at us, thinking goodness knows what, as we went to the farmhouse nearby and had afternoon tea to recover.
As we sat nattering on the balcony, looking out at the view, we both agreed that the love and understanding that our group share (there are a few of us) is a gift, liberally sprinkled with shared laughter. ❤