Something said something to me on Wednesday that lit me up like a rocket. Did you ever see Cocoon? Do you remember how the aliens peeled their skin off and were pure light with eyeballs underneath? That’s how I felt. Like a big ball of light.
Was it profound, what this person said to me? No. Not at all. Here’s the story.
Because I don’t have regular work hours in the summer I’m in charge of all the appointments such as getting the oil changed in the cars. Because I can’t drive two cars at once I have to have two appointments on different days. This week I had a ten o’clock appointment on Tuesday and an eleven o’clock appointment on Wednesday. At least that’s what I thought. In actuality, it was eleven on Tuesday and ten on Wednesday.
I arrived an hour early to my Tuesday appointment. It just so happens that the automotive shop is owned by a friend’s husband, and it just so happened that Doreen was at the shop that day. So instead of drive away and come back an hour later, Doreen and I sat outside chatting. The thing about Doreen is that she’s a kick in the pants. Her superpower? Making you laugh until you pee your pants.
As a result, I spent two hours on Tuesday trying not to pee my pants while laughing until I cried.
On Wednesday, I went back at the correct time with my car and I hadn’t been there fifteen minutes when Doreen showed up again. A repeat of Tuesday followed. We laughed until we both had tears in our eyes. My God that woman is a hoot!
When he was checking me out, Doreen’s husband said to me, “You know you had everyone in the shop smiling yesterday, listening to you laugh.”
Such a simple thing. But it touched me. Because in just being myself, enjoying the day in the most un-selfconscious way imaginable, I made someone else’s day a little brighter. I can’t express how that makes me feel, except that there is a star forming in my chest and I’m pretty sure it’s going to break free and soar into the sky at any moment.
How can you beat that?