Okay, it was an e-mail and I edited out her name for privacy purposes.
Hello Kandi (that’s me!),
Like Gwen (referencing a recent post of hers) and the incident of being verbally abused from a passing carload of ignorance, I have had the opposite reaction from a few lovely people.
Yesterday evening I visited the theatre to watch the ELVIS movie. These are now a weekly thing and like many other theatre goers I have a particular seat which I believe is the ‘sweet spot’ for watching a movie. My friend Helen and I had booked the tickets and seats, unfortunately she was unable to attend so I went on my own.
The movie was showing on one of the smaller screens in the multiplex and it was very busy, but with Helen’s seat vacant I would have nobody sitting to my right. The usual selection of previews for upcoming movies seemed longer than usual and it was in this time of boredom that I noticed a couple searching for seats together, much to the hushed tut tutting of a few of the other patrons. It was then that in the semi darkness I gingerly left my seat and walked down the aisle towards them. If they were concerned by the vision of me walking towards them they did not show it on their faces 😁
I explained that I was willing to move from my seat and that a friend had not been able to go and there were two seats together. If they read me then they were polite enough not to show it and the transaction was done and I took a vacant seat nearby.
The movie ended. I left with the general crowd and outside I decided to visit my regular bar nearby. Maureen, my favourite waitress greeted me with a hug and I seated myself away from the jostling patrons at the main bar.
Sitting there in a world of my own I heard ” Hello, are you the lady who gave up the seats for us?” I replied that I had indeed and I looked into the eyes of a handsome young man of around 25 years old, he then beckoned to someone and a very pretty young woman of the same age appeared by his side.
They explained that it was their first evening out together since the birth of their baby three months ago and if not for my kindness the evening for them would have been ruined. The woman and I complimented each other on our dresses and they bought me another drink. After a bit of conversation they returned to their table and Maureen returned to chat.
My Uber arrived and I could see the new parents in conversation, as I passed their table she paused the conversation and rose to her feet and gave me a lovely hug, whispering that they had had a wonderful evening and that I looked amazing.
If only others were as kind and not judgemental.
I apologise Kandi for my rambling, but I wished to share this with you.
From our dear Jocelyn:
Good Vibrations vs Bits and Bytes
Friends are an absolute necessity for a person’s emotional well-being. I don’t think anyone would argue with that premise.
We share our experiences with friends. Friends help us out when we are emotionally down, and they celebrate with us during our successes. A good friend provides wise counsel and when needed a “shoulder to cry on”.
As Jocelyn, I have some friends. But I only had one friend who I saw face-to-face. When we talked, sitting on a park bench, my vocal chords vibrated sound waves which landed on my friend’s ear drums and she understood my thoughts. And her vocal vibrations landed on my ear drums. These are good vibrations.
We saw the look in each other’s eyes, and noticed the smile, or frown, on each other’s mouths. Light wave vibrations passed between us. These are good vibrations.
I have other friends who I have never met face-to-face. I receive and send computer generated ones and zeroes assembled in bits and bytes that relay words or pictures. These ones and zeroes could be fabricated by any computer (AI) or by anyone, not necessarily who they say they are. The bits and bytes pass through computers, microchips, copper wire, microwaves and modems. Are the words and images my eyes receive on my computer screen from a person that actually exists?
My “online friends” have meant a great deal to me. They are precious. A couple of them have provided excellent counsel and comfort to me in times of need. I don’t know what I would be like without them.
I also believe I have been a good friend to people whom I have never physically met.
But, I really wish I had “face-to-face” friends. As an older person I cherish the actual look and touch of someone sending me the “good vibrations”.
How lucky am I that wonderful ladies like this share their experiences with me and allow me to share them with you!!
This past Saturday, I attended my second movie premier, Grace and Mercy!
My third movie, White Noise, coming soon to Netflix! See the official trailer here!