So, I drank too much wine and slept with a stranger last night.
“The journey back to ourselves begins with wanting something to change.” ~ Jennifer McLean, Spontaneous Transformation
Sometimes joy rushes in like a child, “Mommy, there’s a pony!” Other times, she rises like steam from a hot cup of coffee.
Joy crashed my party last night, the welcome addition to friends swapping so many stories a line formed behind the laughter.
How did these friends weave their way into my world?
We met in a writers’ group and respected each other’s critiques for years before we started sneaking away for beers as a threesome after group. That’s when the conversations started to get good.
Then, like children lined up for spankings, we each got ours.
Death crashed like waves washing away all that didn’t matter and taking those who did: my beloved, Jeff’s brother, Sharon’s sister. Just. Like. That.
We formed a bond. We talked. We cried. We wrote. We listened. We laid off.
We struggled with our individual losses branding our hearts with sorrow. We admitted we weren’t good company and flipped off the angel of death collectively.
Now, over 12 months have passed since our latest loss. Our gaping wounds are healing scars. Our every conversation isn’t laced with tears and wretched sadness.
So, I invited them over to my place last night. Sharon brought her husband. I fell for him as easily as my Black Lab leaned into his long legs. The combination of Clint Eastwood looks blessed by a liberal bias, and one-liners that had me forgetting life isn’t the funniest joke I’ve ever heard.
Last night, it was. Roy was a hunk of authenticity and as comfortable as sweats on Sunday morning. However, when I say I fell for him, I don’t mean romantically or that I’m attracted to him.
It’s just that I don’t always dig my friends’ mates as much as they do. Of course, that’s ok. But Roy? He’s in the club. No application required.
In fact, I think I spotted a bit of a bromance between he and Jeff, as they talked about sneaking off together alone to share their well-developed music tastes.
But, hey, Jeff left me the Eliane Elias CD. Probably trying to expand my musical palette, which I appreciate.
It seems where the three of us had been holding the umbrella for each other, Roy showed up with the sunshine.
Suddenly, as if we hadn’t been saddled under grief, we swung on the laughter of life.
We’d planned a casual get together. It turned into a real party where I drank too much wine and slept with a stranger.
Her name is Joy. She spent the night, stayed for coffee, is still hanging around, and even planning our life together. You should see the smirk on my face.