photo taken by: the butterbean
This doggie-adventure is turning out to be a profound experience. A trip right out of JournalLand - smack dab into FriendLand. As each moment passes, I'm moved to find myself reflecting on the levels and layers of blessings and lessons I've received - just by showing up. [imagine that]
When I really think about it, I get delightfully stunned by the blind trust Peachy put into Robbie and me. It's a little surreal - picking up two dogs most of us hardly knew. Then driving in the blazing heat to a place Robbie and I had never before visited. And landing in a 3-D world that was once one-dimensional and intangible.
Not to mention the twelve hour drive there and ten hours back. That's a lot of getting-to-know-you time. By the tenth hour on the first day, Robbie got to experience another side of Freee(not-so-at)Peace. Luckily, I was able to laugh at my own insanity. I can't really remember, but I think Robbie was having her own good time making fun of me - as only a friend can do.
Robbie and I have been getting to know each other gradually through AOL-Journals. We've met for tea. She's come to see me play music. We went to Jamey's show. She's even been here for SloMo's Coca-Cola Cake. But I can't remember the last time I spent such a concentrated amount of time with anyone. Well, without hating each other in the end.
When Peachy asked for help, Robbie and I jumped on board as if we were already a team. My time and space is precious to me. And I'm really picky about who I spend it with. I somehow just knew this would be a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn - and have some fun along the way!
Robbie's a great travel companion. She's deep - with a whole lot of life experience to draw upon. I think we were both surprised by the amount of talking we did. She kept me awake and sane(ish) through the entire drive. We both packed a bunch of CDs to keep us rolling - but as I recall we listened to maybe three songs total. We kept having to turn the music down to hear each other's compelling stories. Well, she had compelling stories. Mine were just...stories. LOL
If you ever want to get to know the real someone, take a road-trip together. I'm still learning a lot from our drive together.
Thanks Robbie for a great road-trip. For your sweet, strong calming spirit. And for all the many laughs that will last a lifetime. I adore you.
Who Is Peachy? ~ The Truth Revealed
From reading The Peach Pages [and before that, Pull Up A Chair] I was totally expecting the Harper Valley PTA Mom, complete with big hair and long nails, wearing high heals, tight jeans and a low-cut shirt.
While all that would've been sexy on Miss Peach, I was pleasantly surprised to see how down-to-earth she really is. She's as genuine as one gets. And that alone is most sexy. She's beautiful from the inside out. Generous, compassionate and hysterically funny. And a teeny tiny bit self-conscious. I think that's what keeps her real.
She's amazing with the dogs. I'm really particular, and have strong opinions about how dogs should be handled, treated, trained, etc. And Peachy is on the same wavelength. The dogs are in great hands with her. And she's in great paws with them.
To think that before last weekend, Peachy and I really only knew each other through our journals. Without question or hesitation, she, her family and friends opened their hearts to us and offered all the love they had. Today I feel like I have known Peachy and her family for ages...as if we've just been reacquainted.
I'm enjoying our connection. It seems we're both learning from each other. Peachy and I couldn't be more different - in some ways. Yet, we're a lot alike in many ways. She's open-minded and open-hearted. But assertive and feisty. She totally accepts people for who they are. But don't think of crossing her. She's able to see the potential for growth in every moment.
Peachy is incredibly intelligent. No matter what the subject or topic of conversation, she can hold her own. And she can pull wicked laughter from me with her quick wit and prophetic humor. She could have me on the verge of tears with a personal story and BAM - I get blindsided by her punchline. Before I know it, I'm cry-laughing. I don't know how she does it. It's a gift - and she uses it well. A healthy balance of head and heart.
And whooooboy, that woman can TALK. We're both zippy spazzes on the ADD Train. Three hours can go by and I hardly know it until one of our phones starts to die. And still, we're like "oh wait, just one more thing..."
I can honestly say if it wasn't for AOL-Journals and Peachy's recent personal crisis, I would still only be one of many readers of The Peach Pages. But thankfully, we both agree we were meant to meet and be friends. I'd even go so far as to call her family.
As different (or diverse) as The Peach and I are, she totally gets me. And I'm pretty sure I get her. What we don't understand in each other, we're both willing to learn. That's all a friendship takes.
Thanks for your blind trust Peachy. Meeting each other was karmic - divine intervention - cosmic - meant to be - God's will. Here's to a lifetime (or two or three) of many blessings and future lessons.
Hugs to you, Wayne, Butter, Trey, Melissa, Curt, Kiersten, Rusty, Devon and Zach! Sloppy kisses and training bits to Ellie, Scout, Sadie and Casey. I love you all.