Yesterday, Peter and I drove down to Baltimore to meet up with a small circle of friends from my work. My last day is rapidly approaching and they planned a Bon Voyage of sorts. The food, drink and the company was just perfect. If you are lucky, as I am, to meet certain people who transcend the “business” side of what you do together….and bond to each other through experiences that connect your hearts — Well — then you are living a bountiful life!
Toward the end of dinner – they pulled out a card and a gift. When I opened the box, I found a Pandora bracelet. Just beautiful. That’s what my eyes told me. What happened next, well…..it spoke to my heart. <3
Each of the charms on the bracelet was carefully chosen by my friends for me. Chosen by these beautiful people, to represent our connection, our tie. They handed me a scroll – that explained it all.
A palm tree….to always remind you of your happy place – jana
A suitcase……for the friendship developed during our world travels together – carey
An apple……..for my teaching partner in London, and my mentor – john
A labrador…..Zoey – Love never ends – donna
A wishbone….I feel ‘lucky’ to have worked with you – joan
Warm tears began to run down my cheeks from behind my glasses. They “get” me. The gift itself was/is/will always be precious. But what I will never forget is – the experience. Those moments at that table, looking at their faces, knowing that to even “think” of a gift like this…..they would have to know me, know my heart.
And they do. And I know them. And that connection, that tie — cannot be broken by distance or time.
I love you all. And thank you, for…..All Of It. Every day. Because it brought us, HERE. #100happydays (77/100)
Ciao for now…..Diane