They walked up to my booth and I smiled and said hello. They just kept smiling, quietly. It took me a minute to fully recognize her. Then I looked at him. Then I ran into their embrace…a three way bear hug of friends long lost. So much joy! I mean what could be better than to hear someone say “I’ve been looking for you for so long!” Meet Anne. She hired me when I was 19 or 20 years old and taking a college break. Such a good and kind soul…she came to my graduation and the last time I saw her was at my wedding. And she found me, thanks to google, and she and Chris planned this sneaky surprise visit to the show I was in. And I was thrilled when she purchased this painting. Perfect!
I also lost a high school classmate to cancer just the day before. And I was able to embrace Liz, a grieving friend and classmate who came by the show too not even an hour before this reunion with Anne. Actually got to introduce them. Two special people with big loving hearts. And all of this has me thinking about heaven…How I wish I could tell mom about this day. How wonderful it will feel to see those we’ve been missing and looking for again!
An Additional Post Script
When I first shared this story on instagram there was no way I could have known this was the last time I would see Liz. She passed away suddenly not too long after. She and I did not take a picture together that day sadly. But I can tell you one thing for certain! She told me she loved me. She always did. It was something so “her”. She would never end a phone call or text without being absolutely sure you KNEW that.
This makes this memory even more meaningful. And even more reminiscent of heaven than it was before.