Saturday, January 14, 2012

An Unexpected But Welcome Visitor

I've known her for a little over 7 years.   We had a connection from the first moment we met.
It doesn't happen often for me, but, I just knew she and I would form a special bond and it would be a long lasting one.

She is such a sweet person with an almost naivety about her.  I swear she still believes in fairies and Santa Claus.

I was excited when she called to let me know that she would be visiting me this weekend.  Although I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about having anyone visit with me right now because I didn't know if I would be up to entertaining.  But I figured it might be a good thing.  I have been sticking pretty close to home and have not been out much.  So I tried to think about the positives of the visit and not worry that I might not be the best company.
She would probably want to be on the go for most of the weekend and again that is probably going to be a good thing for me.

I had some shopping to do.  I wanted to make sure I had what I needed to prepare a couple of her favorite meals.  I was so busy getting ready for her visit, that I didn't even have the time to write yesterday.
While I was out, I stopped at the book store and picked up a book that I thought she might like, just in case there was any down time.  Which I am hoping there might be, at least an hour here or there.

We were going to be in her area today so Ross suggested that we pick her up.
As we pulled up to her house, I caught a glimpse of her in the window, probably anxiously waiting for us.  I know she was as excited for the visit as I was.

We had a nice day today.  She caught me up on what has been going on in her life.  She really is the perfect guest for me at this time.  There is no need for forced conversation.  She talks enough for both of us and that is okay with me.

As I watched her animately talk about what she and her best friend Chessie have been up to, I was struck by her beauty.  She has big beautiful brown eyes and long brown hair.

After dinner we watched a little TV and played a fast game of scrabble.

It was a long day and we were both pretty tired.

She said she wanted to read for a little while before she went to sleep.

I said, "Sure, but don't stay up too late.  We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow."

"Okay, I won't", she said.

"Good night Bella. See you in the morning.

"Good night Grandma.  I love you."

"I love you too, Bella."

Yes, a visit with Bella is just what I needed this weekend.


  1. How wonderful to be able to visit with a 7 year old.  7 year old eyes can be pretty darn fresh and wise.  Forgive me for asking, but is Bella Joe's daughter?  
    And I really enjoyed the way you wrote this piece.  You are very good at the build up - I want to try that with something.  You knock my socks off with your writing skills.  And, let me tell you, my socks are on pretty darn tight.

  2. Bella is my daughter's girl.  Bella looks so much like her mother when she was 7 years old that I find myself calling her by her mother's name and then I wonder why Bella doesn't answer me.  
    Thank you for your compliments on my writing.  It certainly is a confidence builder.  

  3. That's a sweet post,  Lynda.  I agree with JT; you have a good voice.