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For Terry and Barb! 
May 1, 2013 10:02 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2013 8:25 pm
I've thought about writing this a number of times since last Saturday, but for the life of me, I simply cannot come up with a suitable title.  I'm also not sure if I should start from the beginning, or the end and work backwards!  You'll have to ponder that, to make sense of it!

There are apparently two types of folk that "we" (most people) will tell just about anything to... even things that they will not share with a family member!  First, is your favorite bartender.. most likely that as you cocktail you become a little more "chatty."  The other, is your hairdresser.  (Well, this might not really apply to men and their barbers... but then, I was not a barber!)  General rule of thumb for a hairdresser is not to talk about certain topics, religion and politics being two, and I've found myself biting my tongue and changing the subject asap at times...  I do believe that I saved myself much grief during my 20 year stint "behind the chair."  However, I was privvy to many personal topics of many a client.  Another, is NOT to talk about one client to another...  Have you seen the (ancient) movie, "The Women?"  It was the manicurist in that one that spread the news to a "new" client that her husband was stepping out on her!  Do you like "jungle red?"

Ok, I digress!!

Just a few short years ago, even after I had "retired," I still had a few of my long term ladies who's hair I continued to do.  Within a year, two were  placed in assisted living, and the third moved to Colorado, to be near her daughter.  I felt a deep loss, and was told by one gal that she felt that she was losing a child (saying goodbye to me.)  I have no idea where she ended up, but I presume here in the valley somewhere...  It was she, who shared at one point that she feared a health issue, and followed that with, "I haven't even told my kids about this..." 

It was just two weeks ago, that I felt compelled to check the blog of the daughter of one of these three ladies (I did her hair too, until she married and moved away!)  For the first time, I left a comment, which seems that I was "meant to do."  Her mother contacted me shortly thereafter...  She and her daughter were coming back to Phoenix for a weekend, and they (both) hoped that we could all get together.  I was so touched, that they asked if they could stop by the house, that as the rest of the weekend there would be lots of people around... that it would be nice for the 3 of us to have a bit of time to sit and chat.  I was so honored, that this was their desire that I was near speachless!  The thought that Terry "had" to ask if it would be okay was rather silly to me... she'd been here a gazillion times over the years!  Of course they were welcome!  Any time, and always! 

When it was suggested that Saturday morning would work for them, I feared that the doorbell may ring before I crawled out of bed, but certainly agreed to Sat. morn.  The noon hour came and went, and while I had no plans to go anywhere, I began to wonder...   I was thrilled when the phone rang in the afternoon, and Terry asked if I was free, that they had some time and would stop by! 

Much to my joy, we sat for an hour, give or take, and caught up on life in general... There were lots of hugs, and stories about families...  Terry's grandsons are becoming young men now... where does the time go?  (Seems that kids grow up so young these days!)   However did my high school aged client end up with two sons in just a few years?  I remember as if it were yesterday... (or my dementia is kicking in!)

It was meant to be...  We had sort of lost touch, until I read Barb's blog, and posted that comment... and then to find out that they would be here in town soon!   Thanks so much for making time for me!  It was certainly a pleasure to spend even that little bit of time together, again!

Be happy, be healthy, be (just a little bit) crazy!  Luv ya both!  Be well, Terry and Barb, and remember me fondly... as I do you both!
May 1, 2013 11:26 pm
What a wonderful story! That just made me feel good. Thanks for sharing it.
May 1, 2013 11:48 pm
Thanks, BigShotsMom... sometimes I really just need to "share," regardless of the topic! I fear that I still could have been more articulate, but at times.... The tale simply needed to be told! Be well!
May 2, 2013 3:06 am
I think your warm story has made my day begin well! Thanks, Stevie!
May 2, 2013 4:14 am
Touching story. There are so many people that have come in and out of my life. Now you have me wondering again!
May 2, 2013 4:42 am
Ahh, thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to catch up with old friends.
May 2, 2013 5:29 am
Great story to start the day with, and to think about. We might all have an experience like that if we put ourselves out a little.
May 2, 2013 6:06 am
Very nice story.
May 2, 2013 8:25 pm
Thanks, all! I could answer each of you with basically the same response... Seems redundant! Glad that you all enjoyed, and that some of you began your day with "a smile on your face!" Be well, friends! I've also recieved emails from both Terry and Barb! Gave me warm/fuzzies, for sure!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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