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saturday's heroines

One of the most important strands in my thread of friends is *Sheila, who works at the PO and handles passports and easily smoothed the way for me to get mine, and was part of almost every mail / money order transaction I had with Kiota in Israel and Kiota in America. For three years. *Sheila also has an artistic daughter in high school, graduating, isolated, afraid of college. Spends hours online. She's shared some of her artwork with me. She was so sad to hear the end of the Kiota story and why I would never be mailing anything to her ever again. So now we're sharing more of her life, in hopes that something might be of help in parenting her daughter too ... taking full note of how they are >>> NOT <<< similar people. And it helps me so much to talk about it ...

Next, here comes *Tracy, on the bus trip downtown. [Who can afford gas or parking these days?]
Tracy carries a whole bunch of white / yellow orchids. We get off at the same stop downtown in perfect Seattle weather: cold, threatening rain. Tracy asks me if I want an orchid to give to a friend, explains they're free cuz she'd just been out in back of a florist shop at the mall and found bunches of them discarded. Then she started talking excitedly about college.

It's the same college.

She'd had a lot of trouble there in her first year, dropped out, wants to go back there as soon as possible. She lived four dorms down the walkway from Ki, near where my taxis left from. We shared lots of her good memories of school and the highlights of my four days there. Comparing friends' names, the libe, things like that.

So what are the chances of anything like this happening --- at this single specific time on Saturday, amidst dozens of buses and thousands of miles away from the Pacific Northwest, in Northeast New England?

Well, um .... no chance at all. Except one. The one that happened.

Yes I took all the orchids she offered me since I was on my way to the bank. Where lots of other people work who've helped me on many Kiota-paths. And they scooted all around and got vases for them and everything. Many of the budlets had not opened yet. But they will.

Tracy and I shared an address to keep in touch if she wants.

Tracy doesn't look like her at all, completely different height and hair and clothing, except for the excitement and the sun in her eyes.

But Tracy did not really need the address at all. She already knew it.

Thank you, motek.


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Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Wow. That's really neat about the orchids.

I had an experience with a friend once that we both felt was a sign. We went to Pizza Hut and they made our pizzas wrong. So...because we happened to not have any meat on them (although we are not vegetarians) the guy gave us all the pizzas and drinks for free. Because he could.

Maybe this will help you as you continue to process your experience of Kiota.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
O meow a big tender safe-tummy hug for you! Yes, it certainly does help with Kiota, although I scarcely need any pretext to talk about her. Tracy was totally amazing. I sent her off to Ki's art galleries, promising her that Ki would take her right back to the dorms and the Frisbee fields and the Drum Circle and the forests and skylines, which she photographed so lovingly in February....and all year, really ...

My experience of Ki is expanding, like a never-ending warm huggle. She's planted deep inside me and will be for a very long time.

The next time you go out for pizza I wanna come along!
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
*grin* Only if you have someone drop off free flowers to go with the free pizza!
Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Naaaaah ...could never treat the Royal Meow that way. No dropoffs: I will deliver them personally into your hand!
Jun. 4th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Now THAT sounds lovely, thanks! :)
Jun. 4th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Just posted to you about what is going on nowadays with Tracy's orchids. They must like fluorescents or something. Maybe it's all the TLC they're getting from the people whose desks they sit on. Guess they've raised the good vibes everywhere in the whole building ...

That all really comes from and through Kiota, of course. Once Tracy and I discovered the school connections between all three of us, Trace gave me practically everything she was carrying ... that's what I like about how gifts connect people, too .... <3
Jun. 4th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yes. I just think the orchid thing is so neat, and so serendipitous. I like when things take on a meaning...a good one, of course...that's beyond their intrinsic value. :)
Jun. 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
*makes mental note to present A with orchid sometime, somewhere :)*
Jun. 7th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
You are an amazing writer. Not sure if I have told you that, I've definitely thought it every time I read your blog.

Jun. 7th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
O Mia, you can write me things like this each and every day *gets all puffed up* ... and not to worry if your fingers get tired, I'll read this one each day too!

Edited at 2008-06-07 07:47 pm (UTC)
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