I messed up and used the title for this post yesterday.? It was one of those 2 a.m. epiphanies I have.? “I know I’ll write a post about how I met 3 of the 5 and call it Mountian Women.”? Then when I hit publish I realized I’d made an error.? Of course I could go back and change it, but that would require effort and the effort expended just to put together this post is all I could muster*.
The reason I wanted to call this post Mountain Women was because I met (or have a photo of) me and the 3 on top of mountains.? And this is where Margaret is going huh?
I met Margaret at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, a restaurant in Portland. (one of mah favorites)? She had just met Slugger the day before and it was a very emotional time for her.? I was terribly nervous about the whole thing.? So much so I kept telling the trusty husband I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.? Not that I didn’t want to meet Margaret, but meeting someone you met on the internet and had known for nearly 2 years can be kind of daunting.? Margaret is the only one I don’t have a photo of on top of a physical mountain.? There is a mountian there, you just can’t see it.? She had just met her son for the first time and me… well I wasn’t very well at the time.? It was just before I started acupuncture treatments, about 3 weeks before we took the boy to UW Adoption Medical Center and such a tumultuous time in both of our lives.? There was this emotional mountain that we both held each other on.? I’ll never forget that dinner.
I met Rhonda in Alaska.? So far she’s the only one I’ve traveled to.? (Although I’d love to travel to go see Jen)? We met for the first time at her house.? I was less nervous to meet Rhonda, but still with the jitters.? I was still not well, but on vacation so that could be overlooked.? The photo of Rhonda and I is on Flat Top Mountain.? I can’t remember if Brian took this one or the trusty husband.? Either way it is a great photo.
I met Tricia on Monday at my house (she’s the only one of the 3 to see my actual house).? There wasn’t even a flutter of nervous this time around.? 2 1/2 years of emails, blogs and a friendship to soften the blow.? It was like talking to an old friend.? Tricia is charming, sweet and simply beautiful (not that the other two aren’t).? It could be this that this time I am healthy.? Anxiety about life is gone and I look at the world with new eyes.? This mountain experience was a whole different view.? Granted, we were on one of the highest mountains in North America.
I can’t believe I’ve been so lucky as to meet these three incredible women.? Such individuals, and such wonderful mothers.? I’m proud you guys are my friends.
*not because anything is wrong.? Just because I had a dream last night that a neighborhood mom was mad at me for yelling at her kid for riding his scooter through my grass and she said she was going to get me kicked out of the neighborhood for having SAD.? There was also something about me shoveling bark out of my yard waste bin at 6:30 in the morning and the neighbor kids eating all of my strawberries.? I have weird dreams.