This weekend I was lucky enough to have a dear friend visit the farm for a farmgirl getaway weekend. We floated in the pool, took pics of the critters, explored the surrounding small towns, and ate some scrumptious goodies (boy did we do some sampling). We bonded, laughed, shared personal stories, and discovered that our lives are similar in ways we never imagined. To say it was a great weekend is an understatement.
And as quickly as she arrived, it was time to say goodbye. And that is when I saw my friend show grace, compassion, and humor beyond measure. (We’ll call that lesson one in this tale of three lessons.)
A few things you need to know to put this next part in perspective:
- We live nearly two hours from the airport, so leaving on time is imperative for making flights.
- I have a bit of a sensitive, and at times, unpredictable stomach. And as we all know, when stomachs command your attention, well there is just no arguing.
- My friend had a morning flight.
We had decided we needed to leave at 7:15 a.m. in order for her to her make her flight home. As I mentioned above, we had partaken in some amazing food the day before as we sampled our way through Hico, Texas. At 4 a.m. on the morning of departure all that sampling demanded that I pay the price and the gurgling and cramping started. (We’ll just stop right there with those details, for all of our sakes.)
Surely I would feel better by 7:15 a.m. I just had to. To boot, Cowboy had been out at a prior commitment and would be on his way home at this time, so he could not take her. Uber – well let’s just get serious for a minute. We live out, way out. So clearly I had to get it together.
So we loaded into the car, and not even 5 miles into the 90 mile drive I started with the deep breathing trying to calm my queasy stomach. Think lamaze breathing – not my finest moment. My sweet friend never showed one ounce of concern for her flight, but rather was more concerned about me. God bless her.
“We’ll make it. But I might have to make a pit stop at my parents’ house. We’ll pass them on the way,” I squeaked out between huffs and puffs.
I slammed into my parents’ driveway, flew out the car and woke the house up at 7:30 a.m. as I dashed to the watercloset, leaving my dear sweet gracious gal pal waiting in the car.
Then lesson number two came from this grand adventure – my family will do anything for each other. My dad got dressed lickety split and said, “Let me take her. I can make it. You need to stay where you are going to be okay.”
Musical cars here we come. So my smiling friend hugged me goodbye, swapped her stuff to Dad’s truck, and off they went. Now to say my guilt was running high was an understatement. This was my friend. I wanted to take her to the airport.
After 15 minutes of hand wringing, I learned my dad and friend were still in town at the gas station filling up. My stomach seemed to be calming down, and I knew I needed to get her to the airport ASAP. So, you guessed it, I sped to the gas station and we swapped cars once again. We were on our way bumping and speeding along, laughing at the craziness.
Then Cowboy called. He was tracking me on my phone and saw that I had stopped at my parents. He knew I wasn’t feeling well. He was just 20 minutes up the road, headed our way, and he could take over and get her there faster than any of us. Plus, Cowboy knows about 20 ways to get from point A to point B, so if we had any chance of helping her make her flight, he was the man for the job.
So the third lesson of the trip, the lesson I know the best, Cowboy is AMAZING. We met up, swapped once more (man her luggage had the frequent flyer miles going at this point), hugged (again) and said goodbye (again – with loads of laughter), and Cowboy got her all the way to the airport in plenty of time. And I’m super glad he did, because I didn’t even make it all the way back to the farm before my stomach commanded yet another scenic side trip.
Not one time did my friend complain. Not one time did she make me feel guilty. In fact she told me later how much she enjoyed her visits with my dad and Cowboy. Gosh, I just adore her.
Folks, that is true grace and compassion in action across the board. To say that I am grateful, well that is an understatement. It was a reminder of the friends and family in my life that are blessings to me each day.
You just never know when a little bit of patience, love, and willingness to chip in is going to touch someone deep down where it counts. Oh, and let’s just say I’m back on a diet of grilled chicken, rice, and veggies. Yum!