Gregg and I have just returned from spending a good part of our day with son Brad. He is in the middle of moving, from his old apartment to the place he and Lisa will be living in when they get married in June. It's lovely with lots of trees around the building and it has a good feel to it.
I got off lightly and wasn't expected to carry any of the heavy boxes up the three flights of stairs, not that that the boys would have let me, but I think the fact that I fell over the step and landed hard on my wrists and knees might have had something to do with me not even trying! I am such a klutz and yes, Clara Klutz has resurfaced. I thought I was being careful but that step-up into his old building jumped up and bit me good and hard. I now have new sore spots and probably will for the next couple of days.
It did not, however, spoil the enjoyment of the morning. It was fun looking around his new apartment and fun going over to Reston Town Centre to have lunch afterwards. I like the area very much. It has an open-air ice-skating rink in the winter, there is a movie theatre and there are lots of interesting shops and restaurants. We walked a couple of blocks to the restaurant and as has happened before, the boys grabbed Clara to make sure she didn't twist an ankle or fall off a curb under their care, once again warning her of all obstacles along her path. I love those guys!
Yesterday I was out on my own as I had some errands to run at my usual stops; the post office, the bank, the grocery store. I also drove over to another shopping area and picked up a couple of cards from the Hallmark shop and just up the road there is a World Market, and darn it if that old car didn't point its nose in its direction. It was craving some English chocolate! World Market is another fun place to walk around with lots of bric-a-brac from all over the world. So I browsed around the card section, looked at the furniture, the china, the kitchen ware, the coffee section, and yes even the beer and wine. I bought neither but I do love looking at the different bottle shapes and the illustrations on the labels. Good grief what on earth is she going on about? Yes I have eclectic interests that bounce all over kingdom-come and if you bumped into me at a liquor store I might not necessarily be in there for the liquor, honestly!
While I was in the Hallmark store I had made my purchases and was heading out the door. I noticed a lady standing there, looking very intently through the glass, and I assumed she was waiting for a family member or friend to bring a car up to the front of the store. It had been raining and was pretty chilly outside. She smiled at me and said hello, I returned in kind. She was around 90 years of age and the first thought that popped into my head after thinking what a beautiful smile she had, was how striking she looked. Her hair was beautifully coiffered and her make-up very tastefully done, understated but elegant. She was wearing a fur coat, gloves and nice dress-slacks. I on the other hand had walked out of the house with a quick brush through my hair, wearing my favorite sweater and comfy jeans, an old raincoat and no make-up.
She spoke to me again and said she had been looking at the cherry blossom trees in the parking lot, that they were lovely. I told her about our trip to see the cherry blossoms in Washington DC this past weekend and her face lit up. "Oh they are beautiful! Do you know, years ago when we were flying into Washington this time of the year, the pilot told us to look out the window, that the trees were in bloom. It was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen and have never seen anything like it since." I said, "How lovely, now that's a once in a lifetime moment isn't it?" and she agreed and said that she will never, ever forget it. She told me how much she had enjoyed our little chat and I said so had I. At this her husband joined her from the back of the store, and she hadn't been waiting for a car but for him. We smiled again and said our goodbyes and I left for home with a really good feeling. It's little moments in time like this that I enjoy remembering.