Hi everyone! I haven't posted much lately because I got a new job at the end of Nov. and It's taken much of my time and mental energy. I still read though and care for you all very much so I thought I should let you know about the meet-up I had yesterday with Mr and Mrs Flipper.
Hubby got a call the day before from flipper saying he and his wife were going to visit his mother (who is in a rest home in my town) and would we like to meet up for coffee? Hubby couldn't make it but I was delighted to accept.
We picked a burger place not far from the rest home and where I knew Jdubs don't usually hang out on Saturdays. As luck would have it, it was PACKED when we arrived so there was no way we could have a decent visit there. I suggested we walk the short distance to Starbucks where (since it was just past noon) I said we would not likely run into any JWs. After all, don't they quit at the stroke of 12:00 ? Haha
Sure enough there was a brother standing right next to me waiting for his coffee. We ignored each other and we all went outside since it was a beautiful day. What a PLEASURE to share laughs and stories with the flippers. I didn't know if the brother and his family could hear us or not and frankly, we didn't care. If they did they sure got an earful LOL! We each told a long sordid story of brothers involved in everything from child abuse to adultery and how these people rose to the top of the Borg to eventually hurt us yet, at the same time, help us to wake up.
Before we knew it over 2 hrs had passed and it was time to see flipper's dear elderly mom. I asked if I could come along and meet her so that I could check in on her from time to time as the flippers live too far away to do it themselves.
When we got to her room Old man Flipper was there and mamma was asleep in her chair looking frail and tired. I have to confirm flippers accounts of his father. IMO he is pompous and arrogant. No matter how sweet any of us were to him he never once asked a single question about ourselves. It looked to me like it was all he could do to be civil. In contrast mamma was warm and friendly and clearly delighted to see her son and proud of him as well.
I wanted to pass this story along to all of you to express how happy I am to finally make TRUE friends. I know we have each others back in good times and bad with zero judgement and complete understanding. I am certain if any of us were in trouble we could call and help would be on the way. What a feeling! I am overjoyed!