January 27, 2024 our dear Jocelyn graced me with a visit.
She drove in from our northern neighbor and did her thing, which she will talk about in her version of the weekend. Saturday we kept it simple, a lovely dinner. I arrived at 6:00 and we left around 8:30. Wine, appetizers, terrific food, wonderful conversation, a doll for a waitress (Hello ladies!), a crowded restaurant and bar, me with a person I feel like I have known all my life. Jocelyn is simply a human being that puts you at complete ease, is so endearing, kind, wise and some one I am extremely proud to call a friend.
Kinda liking my outfit, on a very grey day, I shot a few extra photos before meeting Jocelyn (content, baby!). I debuted a new do on this day as well. Very similar to the most recent one and both were purchased on the same day a few months back. Yes, I am aware my head looks like a concrete block in the picture that opens this post.
The next day, January 28, 2024, I decided to treat Jocelyn to my Happy Places, not something I would do for very many. First, I picked her up at about 9:15 and we had a lovely breakfast. The waitress, knowing how to get a big tip like our waitress the previous day, greeted us with the beloved (and always noticed and appreciated) “Hello ladies!”.
Then I brought her to my church. She can attest, we were completely loved and welcomed. So many came up not only to greet me, but to specifically engage Jocelyn in conversation. This happened often. I would turn around and she was talking with someone else. The service was so great, a sparkling sermon, a tear-educing solo by a lovely young lady, peace, a time of gratitude and grounding. Bliss. I love this place and was honored to share it with Jocelyn. Watching her simply chat, be welcomed, without me doing anything but bring her in with me was, as the commercial says……priceless!
My weekend with Jocelyn concluded with a visit to our world-class, fabulous Cleveland Museum of Art. Happy Place number two. And just like at church, a few friends at the art museum greeted us enthusiastically (who did not know I would be there). I had no idea who would be there and the fact that I am an integral part of this institution……yeah again, priceless!
My time with Jocelyn….complete ease. We chatted for a bit as we sat in front of her hotel, sharing, her kindly listening to me postulate about our little corner of the world. That smile was on my face the remainder of the day, fondly looking forward to her trip back through town after she enjoys her vacation.
Jocelyn………thank you! You are just a gift to this world.