Friday, 1 November 2019

a bouquet of flowers....

...is better than shoes! Every time! Any shoes!

I had lunch today with a very dear friend. We have known each other for many, many years and I have always thought he’s one of the kindest, smartest, funniest, most interesting people I have ever had the luck to meet in my life! He was my French teacher many years ago, when I still had the luxury of a language course, and we clicked from the beginning... I believe it was his amazing sense of humour and witty comebacks that immediately made me like him! He’s still like this! Better even!

For years, and mainly because I had lost myself in a relationship that had made me a shadow of the woman I used to be (and thankfully I’m again now) we lost touch... but he always had a place in my heart! And since last year, when my life was turned upside down, we reconnected... and what a blessing this is! I may have not been the luckiest woman romantically (yes, I am not without blame in this...) but I have the greatest luck of all when it comes to my friends! I have said it before and I will keep saying it! Because it’s true! They are wonderful!

So, today I had lunch with my dear A and at some point I mentioned that I had not received flowers from anyone in a long time, probably since the last time he offered me some... an hour later, he appeared holding the loveliest bouquet of, mostly red (my favourite colour...) beautiful flowers! I was truly overwhelmed! What a gesture! Such kindness! My otherwise grey, grim afternoon turned bright! I was moved! Such a simple, heartfelt, honest, kind offer! How could I not be moved? How could it not warm up my heart? An unexpected act of kindness! Of friendship! Of love! A bouquet of flowers! A million times better than shoes! Merci! ❤️

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

tomorrow...

...is better than shoes. Why? Because it has the potential to be!

I had a bit of a bad day... I mean, “bad” is a rather strong word... I had a “mehhhhh” day... my hair did not behave this morning, the weather was as expected for this time of the year (never a good thing in this part of the world), work was full of tiny annoying details, my new Aquazzura pumps turned out to be too big and need to be returned, small home improvement did not go according to plan, I had no time to start knitting a new scarf for me (after having done three gorgeous ones for my friends and really wanting to get mine on the way)... all in all, mehhhhh....

So, as the evening progressed and I was moody and with that sour facial expression I carry sometimes, walking in my pyjamas and preparing a cup of herbal tea, I mumbled “today was not a good day”... and, right then and there, I said loudly “tomorrow will be better!”... Now, obviously, I don’t know! How could I?! I have no crystal ball showing the future, I have certainly not planned a date with Idris Elba (or someone as hot and charming and funny but, you know, from the real world...) and chances are my hair will not improve after having slept on it... plus, there is no draw for the lottery tomorrow so winning it is out of the question!

So, why is tomorrow going to be better? Because it can! It can be better! It can be good! The unknown can be good! The known, the present, is what it is but there is no harm in believing that tomorrow can be awesome! It’s called optimism! And it’s a damn good thing! Is what keeps me going when the going gets tough (I mean, really tough, not like today... pfffff), and it does get tough ever so often! And if you jump to tell me “yeah, well, tomorrow can be a total shit”, my response to you will be “goodness, what a sad life you do lead, my friend, wanna go grab a drink and talk about it? Or we can talk shoes, I’m good either way...” 😉

Friday, 4 October 2019

talking...

...is better than shoes. Now, I know this sounds a bit silly but let me explain.

I have been sick for a week... I mean, “sick” doesn’t even begin to describe it, I have been bed-bound and miserable and exhausted beyond belief, that’s what I have been! Today is the first day I manage to actually hold my iPad for more than 3’! And make some tea without having to sit down while the water boils! And as I have been in bed all this time, I have watched lots and lots of  TV... I ended up even watching this series “Divorce” (good for when you are at home with the flu...) and I noticed the following: people my age having relationships that end without even exchanging one word about it! Receiving a text that says “this is it? Call me!” and just ignoring it! From someone they were intimate with! I mean, when did this “efficient” handling of relationships become the fashion?! Where was I?!

I do not believe in the silent treatment! I do not condone ending relationships without a real conversation. Hell, I do not understand how is it possible for adults to not talk about things that concern them, hurt them, annoy them or even infuriate them! Ghosting?? That’s just ridiculous, we are not 14, we can and we should be able to handle a conversation, a discussion even, about anything! Even when we have screwed up! Especially when we have screwed up!  When something bad happens, say one does something we don’t like,  we should be able to say so and the other person should be able to listen and rebut if they believe it to be false or apologise if they think it is appropriate. Bad things do not just disappear, they linger! And they fester! Unless we talk about them, clear the air one way or the other and move on. With a smile!

No, I do not understand how is it possible at our age to avoid talking about things! Are we so arrogant? Are we so indifferent? Is it that we don’t have the time? That we are so busy and important?! Is it that we do not want to admit having done anything wrong? We are human! Of course we do the wrong thing every now and then! But by avoiding to talk about it will not make it as if it never happened! To the contrary, it will just make it imprint in peoples’ memories as the last thing we did... is that what we really want? I don’t think so... so... talk! And listen! Clear the air! Communicate, my darlings! We are civilised!