well the timing couldn't be more perfect...
i'm spendin' time hangin' with my adopted family today.
and i tell ya, today, i'm just about runnin' into their arms.
and what a motley crew they are.
my chosen family.
it makes me laugh with delight just thinking of them.
i found them early on in the bone sigh days on my art travels.
i didn't know it at the time, but the woman who i later adopted
as my mom, let me inside her heart right away. i mean, i knew
that part. but i didn't know how odd that was for her.
i thought she must do that for everyone.
i've since watched. she doesn't. and i often wonder what
was goin' on with her that day when she gave me a tour of her
paintings and why on earth she told me all the stories to them
that she never tells anyone else.
i figure we were just destined to adopt each other.
and we did.
having been there thru all the trials and craziness of my
relationship with this guy of mine, she will now see my ring
for the first time ever. and i can't wait to grin at her
and show her. she's heard it all. and loved me thru it all.
then there's this kookball guy who's like a brother to me.
who has the most gigantic heart of any guy i've ever met and
will do absolutely anything to help you out and show you
him and i were packing up paintings in an art gallery to
take over to a festival one day years and years ago when we
were just getting to know each other. i remember laughing so
hard with him that we both leaned over this box with our
heads just about hitting each other just laughing and laughing.
when i laugh like that with someone, it's just the greatest
joy for me.
the guy who runs the art gallery, who's also part of this
adopted crew, came over and scolded us because he thought we
were hurting the painting (which we weren't) and we both looked
like kids who'd been caught. and when he left we carried on all
over again. truly like a brother.
he too has been down many bumps in the road with me. always
on the side just saying 'it's okay.' always always there.
and then...there's one more in this adopted family of mine.
i don't have a title like brother or whatever for him. but
the connection between us is deep and means a ton to me. he's
one of the first males to ever 'get' bone sighs. and he's
always always believed in me and rooted me on. if there were
past lives, we definitely knew each other before.
i've long since forgiven him for scolding my adopted brother
and i over the boxed painting. it added so much to that moment.
i just laugh when i think of them all.
what a treat to spend some time goofin' with these characters.
and completely needed by me.
sometimes i'm amazed at how much i need some of the people
in my life. how much their love matters to me.
and i'm going to make a point to tell each one of them today.
sometimes there's just not a whole lot you can do with the batch
you were born into...but my gosh, how fun to have another set
you hand picked for wonderful reasons. and how good to feel their
hugs when you most need them.