From time to time, when I need a good chat, she meets me at the Starbucks and for a couple of hours, we solve the problems of the world and by the time she walks out the door, I always, always feel better.
On the docket today was reinvention. She asked what I planned to do in a few short weeks when all of my kids start back to school and I asked her what she planned to do in a few short years when retirement becomes a reality.
I want to learn a language or two. I'd love to live in France and Hawaii. I want to be there for families experiencing Alzheimers. Of course, I want to spend crazy amounts of time with all of the grandchildren. I want to dance and sing and eat chocolate and maintain an active yoga practice. And love...I want to love lots in the world.
I want to run and sleep and eat sushi for breakfast and drink wine after my coffee. I want to have long conversations helping someone, somewhere feel better about the spot they find themselves in. I want to not worry anymore and to trust. I want to write....lots of words that add up to something beautiful in the world.
Sucking down our respective caffeine selections, we promised the following:
I may not know what the future has in store, but I will always meet you for coffee and remind you that anything is possible, the world is full of second chances, you are extraordinary (because you are my mother and you are my daughter) and no matter where you go, I will carry you forever in my heart.