Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nice to Feel Wanted

A woman I know called me a couple weeks ago and invited me to have lunch at her home.  Today was the day.  I can't go into too many details about why I'm not closer to this woman, but I love her to pieces.  She is one of those amazing people that just makes you feel like you're better for just having been around her.  I think this is a rare gift, but she possesses it in spades.  I think if more people knew this about her, they'd be knocking down her door just to get to be in her presence.  I felt blessed just to sit in her house and chat with her. 

For the most part, I feel overwhelmed (although I think I'm finally striking a balance) with house, kids, husband, school, church, etc.  At this point in life, I rarely step outside of my stifling comfort zone (if you can call that "comfort"). 

I love that she felt to reach out to me.  I love that she said, "Oh, please bring T and L."  I love that she knew that I needed someone to want to be with me--someone that I don't spend everyday with.  I love that when I went to her house, she wanted to know about each of my children individually; that she wanted to know about Z and his job and all the little intricacies about my daily life; that she remembered the things that are important to me and made it a point to ask about them.

I don't know what made her ask me over, but I'm glad she did.  She is a woman with many friends.  She could have asked any one of them over, but I appreciate that she reached out.  How did she know that I needed her?

When I left her home, I wanted to be like her.  I wanted to have the courage to invite someone else into my house to spend time together.

One of the things I loved the most was that when I walked into her house, she mentioned that I should forgive the floors that hadn't been swept and the sink full of dirty dishes.  I was impressed that she was comfortable enough with me that she knew she didn't have to be perfect for me; that she could share the real her and her real house. 

I can do that too...so I did.  I have a friend coming for lunch tomorrow.  I can't wait to spend time with her.

6 comments:

vaxhacker said...

And the funny thing is? That's an entry I could easily have written myself... about you and Z.

Cherie said...

That is really inspiring. It makes me want to do this too!
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful evening.

Cherie

Tonya said...

What a GREAT reminder! It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day. If we all reached out just a little more there would be so much more happiness and love flowing through our little community. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Alyson said...

I hope you have a great lunch today! And friends who will invite me over with kids in tow are worth their weight in gold—I can totally imagine how much this meant to you.

Ben and Heidi said...

Julie, Ben and I will always remember you and Zan inviting us over for Sunday dinner the first day we moved into the ward. You are that kind of woman. Thanks for helping make the ward the best we've ever lived in.

Alesha said...

I have to agree with all those that have commented, that I always felt that way around you, and you and your family are always talked about and wonderful people. We love you guys!

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