Monday, January 18, 2010

Good Thing I Didn't Have a Cup of Coffee In My Hand.

A while ago, I wrote a post about visiting my dear friend, Maribeth, in Chinle, Arizona. She moved there recently with her husband and daughter and, well, I miss her. Terribly. We talk every week, mostly about planning the next time we'll be able to see each other. Friends like Maribeth are hard to find. I love her so very much. What is most difficult about having Maribeth far away is that our friendship really began to grow right as she found out she was leaving. AND she just found out she is pregnant and Oh my goodness! What fun we would have going on chocolate shake runs! Daily!

(Those are always easier with moral support.)

Her daughter Addison is three and has decided that Cub is her boyfriend, despite the two year age difference (and the obvious language barrier--Cub's limited vocabulary makes lengthy discussions difficult--but they figure it out :)). It's so sweet to see the two of them play together and that is one of the things I miss about spending time together.

Maribeth is planning on coming to our church's women's retreat at the end of February and we've talked about how excited we are for that day to come.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I was standing in line in our church's cafe today and suddenly a very sweet blonde little girl was standing next to me.

And it was Addison.

I smiled down at her before I realized who she was, and then (according to various and humored onlookers), my eyes bugged out of my head as I frantically looked for Maribeth.

And there she was. My friend. Standing by a cafe table. With the various and humored onlookers.

She came as a surprise and is staying with the fabulous Miss Penny and her family, and I almost cried. She's here for a whole two weeks. TWO WEEKS of time with my friend. It seems to good to be true.

Our plans include eating at P.F. Chang's and catching up. Simple. And priceless.

I have to say, this was one of the best surprises of my life. Definitely in the top five.

So, I want to hear from YOU.

What's the BEST surprise you've ever had?

Have a lovely day. I will eat some Kung Pao chicken for you.


  1. Kung Pao. My FAVORITE! What a special surprise. Enjoy friend time. :)

  2. I've never been to P.F. Chang's! I need to remedy that.
    My best surprise...hmmm.... I think mine would be the ol' - whoops, we're pregnant again and our first baby is still a baby. I don't know that anyone has ever TRIED to surprise me...but than again, my memory is HORRID. So, maybe I have been surprised before and forgot. Haha!