Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Larks

The turkey is thawing, most of the casserole dishes have been located and the pies are in the oven. It's starting to look like Thanksgiving and on Thursday we will gather with friends to celebrate our bounty of blessings.
Every year there is so much to be grateful for. This year two exceptional things happened that I will give thanks for. I got to be a Lark and I got to meet Margaret Blake -- in person.
With an ocean separating us, ours was the most unlikely of friendships. We met at a Whiskey Creek Press chat nearly two years ago and immediately hit it off. I loved her humor. I read her book, Fortune's Folly, that afternoon. It was my kind of novel -- romantic without being syrupy and sophisticated without being tawdry. We started to e-mail daily and shared our writing and our history. She taught me neat expressions: gobsmacked for being stunned and shattered for being tired. And as a person with fibromyalgia, I do feel like a broken window when I got tired. When I lost my sweet dog last November she was the first friend I told. She e-mailed back in ten minutes and I knew we cried together.
But I never thought we'd meet. Then last March she came to the U.S. to visit her son and his family and I got to meet Margaret and her daughter-in-law at a nearby restaurant. Margaret was exactly as I expected attractive, athletic, with an engaging smile. What a great visit we had!
And then this year the Internet brought me two new friends. I read Sarita Leone's story, Freedom's Touch last winter and was so moved that I sent her a fan letter. She sent a gracious reply and I gobbled up more of her inspiring stories. When she was looking for fellow bloggers, I was in like Flynn because she is one of those positive people that lift you up to be in their company. And then as a bonus I'm getting to know Debbie Wallace -- a fellow animal lover and warm and funny lady. I worried about her when she was late for her blog last week and I'm in love with her Detective Mike Denton.
So ladies before I get too shattered from my holiday preparations, I want to let the three of you know I'm grateful to have you in my life.


margaret blake said...

Kathy, What a lovely blog today.
Your feelings about our friendship are reciprocated and trebled!

You folks can't imagine how much I rely on this lady when I am stuck with my writing. She is my inspiration. I got to meet Doug too, who is my kind of American. Funny and kind and very intelligent.

Hey noddy no, I hope you all have a glorious Thanksgiving and that none of you are too "shattered" after all the preparations.

Kindest regards, Margaret.

Debbie Wallace said...

Hi Kathy! What a sweet blog. I'm enjoying getting to know you, too, and the other Larks:)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Anyone going shopping on black Friday?


Sarita Leone said...

Oh Kathy, your blog post has brought my first smile this Thanksgiving morning! Thank you for your kind words. :)

I hope you all have a lovely holiday. When I count my blessings today I'll be counting each of you, and this little Larknest we've got. I love being here with all of you! :)

Sarita Leone said...

Debbie you're so brave! Shopping on Black Friday?! The thought scares me as much as the latest Stephen King thriller, lol. Actually I'm nearly done with my Christmas shopping. Have even begun the wrapping! :)

Have fun with the crowds. I know some people love the excitement but I guess I'm just not brave enough to go out on Black Friday.

Kathleen said...

I go out early shopping and am finished by 10 AM. Then it's time to stop for coffee and a muffin and a brag about all the bargains we've snagged.