She waved and approached me as I entered the pool area at the hotel where we stayed in New Orleans. I couldn’t understand what she was saying so I walked closer. We had met on the elevator the day before. Her lovely smile and gracious words caught me off guard. She actually remembered my words of losing my mind from having 6 kids.
I’m always meeting strangers… telling our story and then hearing theirs. David asks me not to look at people if we’re in a hurry, because they stop to talk. Hah! Today, I had time and this beautiful soul, overcame her fears and spoke to me. Because of her boldness we shared a lovely moment as only sisters can. 40 years sober, and a mom to extra children like me… we found we had traveled similar roads. Kindred-spirits. “Something about you,” she said. I felt it too.
How often does fear or insecurity keep us from bridging the gap, reaching out and letting someone close? The world is chock full of God’s children. A kind word, a smile, a hand shake, even a joke might be the first step in opening the door to a soul who needs our encouragement.
Olivia and I live in such different worlds, but we share a common Hope. His name is Jesus. Someday, we’ll live in the same world with that same Hope walking beside us. No more sorrow, no more fear! In the meantime, I pray to be as bold as she was. She may never know, the boost she gave me on the weekend I was leaving my son at college.