we sometimes don’t end up where we expect to and that’s certainly true for me and my f2fb friend #183 deb seymour. i never expected to be a fifty one year old (yes, it happened july 23!) traipsing around the country and the world looking for my facebook friends. it started off as a new years eve resolution, something i expected to fail at, just as i have failed at every other new years eve resolution i have made. and yet, every day i get out the datebook and say “where am i going next?”
i think i’m able to do this resolution because i have so much help. every time i go out of town, twelve year old miss allegra comes over to pick up my mail or my ex-husband stephen moves in to take care of the real estate. people have sent me encouraging messages, i’ve been gifted with more than my fair share of lucky charms, and every time a facebook friend says “yeah, sure, let’s get together” i feel blessed.
deb grew up with the ambition to become a psychologist and assumed that she would never marry nor have children. she never expected that in her early forties, marriage and motherhood would come to her. i am a few years older than her, and my children are grown and out of the house. she is just starting that journey, with her son being four years old. i can’t imagine how much work goes into managing her life.
deb grew up in winnetka. but she grew up during the seventies when the town was a little different. in fact, there was a television show, swingtime, about winnetka in the seventies.
deb’s family is very large and every year there is a reunion in saugatuck, michigan. last year, i was lucky enough to be invited but this year, while invited, i had to decline. still, deb stopped in to see me on her way there from denver, where she lives. i think with a family as large as hers, the help she needs is there for her!
this is the part, of course, where the director gets to yell “cut”.