I was in Wal-Mart last night picking up some groceries, when I suddenly spotted the turkeys. They were there in the freezer just like they are every year, but this year is different. A cold chill ran up my spine and into my heart as I stared at them. This is the first Thanksgiving my parents won’t be here.
I swerved up a different isle trying to keep the tears from coming and feeling the waves of grief that comes with them. It didn’t help; everywhere I looked there were more reminders.
Then I started getting texts from my friend and (used to be) neighbor. He had spotted my car in the parking lot and Lindsey sitting in it. He said “hi” to her then started texting me as if he were stalking me in the store. It was so funny it made me laugh. He told me he was looking for me and if he found me I would have to pay for his groceries.
We went in stealth mode through the store, I checked out first and made it to the car. Whew!
I texted him to let him know I made it, he laughed and said, “dang it!”
I am thankful for my friends with amazing sense of timing and a wonderful sense of humor. You just can’t beat that.
Cherry Coley ©