A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Today was an absolutely gloriously beautiful day out.  Clear blue skies, tons of sun, and temperatures in the mid seventies.  Ahhhh.  THIS is when I like living in Northern Indiana.  From November to March…not so much.

Back in May, my mother took a class about gifted education, and ran into my best bud, Bekki.  They knew of each other, but didn’t really know each other.  One day, Mom asked for Bekki’s phone number so she could ask her something about an assignment.  So, a friendship was formed.  It was a little weird when Mom started texting Beks a lot, but no big whoop.  Bekki said she didn’t expect to like her so much, but she does.  I probably would like her more, too, if we weren’t in such close proximity all the time.  Mom came along with us for lunch on my birthday, the one where I didn’t really eat anything because of this, and she and Bekki talked about us all getting together again soon. 

Today, Mom, the boys, and I hopped in the car and drove over to Bekki’s for lunch.  Another friend of ours was coming also, and we were going to have sandwiches and then just hang out for the afternoon.  Everything was pretty cool while we ate and sat around the table talking.  The kids all went downstairs and played in the basement, with the boys (14, 13, and 9) shooting pool and the girls (16 and 4) doing craft-y projects. 

After a while, our other friend had to leave with her 4-year-old, so Bekki’s daughter (the 16-year-old) came back upstairs with us and we all went into the living room to talk some more.  I should tell you a little bit about her, so for all bloggy intents and purposes, she will be called Fawn, because she is a dear.  The first time I met Fawn, I was impressed for several reasons.  First, she is absolutely beautiful – but not in the made-up, fake tan, “oh my God, I must have those $90 jeans” type of way that so many teenagers are these days, it’s a natural beauty that she seems completely unaware of.  Second, she is whip-smart – the girl can hold her own in any conversation.  Third, she is one of those very special people who genuinely cares for others, sensitive, sweet, and completely empathetic.  She is the type of child that you just know is going to do wonderful things in the future.  I could see all of these things in the first meeting.

I don’t see Fawn or her brother very often (he is great, too), but she and I text each other sometimes, usually joke-y type things or movie quotes, and we sometimes share music with each other.  This afternoon, we were sitting there with our mothers, and it was completely awkward for us.  Both my mom and Bekki are very outgoing people,and both Fawn and I are more reserved…we are a lot alike.  As Mom and Beks chatted along about teacher-stuff, Fawn and I started texting each other about how weird it was.  After a while, they caught on that we were doing it, which we thought was funny.

Later on, Fawn went off to her room after Beks teased her about something, and I went in to talk to her.  I knew how she felt, because my mom used to do the same thing to me.  It’s embarassing!  We talked about all kinds of things – boys, girls, music, divorce, school, sex, and all other things in between.  She is an amazing girl, and I’m proud that she trusts me enough to talk to me about all those things.  Go me! 

The boys had a great time playing with Bekki’s son, Mom and Bekki had a great time together, and Fawn and I had a heart to heart.  We came home and had steak and corn and broccoli for supper, and the boys ran around the backyard with the dogs.  It was a beautiful day, y’all.

6 Responses to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”


  1. 1 Vinomom July 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

    What you describe is exactly how I see my Best Friend E and Lady H being later in life. They have a special bond even now, and I hope that Lady H can talk to her about things she doesn’t want to discuss with me. That’s awesome that you have a chance to have a special relationship with a lovely girl. 🙂

    Yeah and kinda weird about your mom and friend. That would weird me out.

  2. 2 Ron July 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Cool, but weird. I mean did you Mom just cock block you on your friend? LOL….

  3. 3 Evil Twin's Wife July 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I have a friend who had her children at a young age, so her adult children are close to my age and it is weird being friends with all of them. But, it sounds like you guys had a really nice day!

  4. 4 The Dish July 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Glad you had such a great day! That is kinda creepy about Beks and your mom being so tight. But what are you gonna do?

  5. 5 lola July 31, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Yeah, that is a little weird that they’re hanging out. If it doesn’t bother you, though, and they’re not talking about you, then I guess it’s not a big deal.

    My mother is pretty close with my best friend and watches their house when they’re away, but they don’t do lunch or text or anything, and they better not be bitching about ME!

  6. 6 gingermagnolia July 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Vinomom – It is awesome to know her!

    Ron – She may try, but she can’t do it. 😀

    ETW – We did.

    Dish – Yup.

    Lola – Yeah, Beks told her no talking about me. It’s weird, but whatev.


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