Saturday: Strangers and Other Friendships

30 Jun

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
Walt Whitman

Wow! I love that quote. That totally describes my philosophy. Thanks Mr. Whitman, well said. The majority of my friendships have been made in just that manner. I talk to strangers.

After Zumba class on Thursday morning, my friend Karen and I stopped at McDonald’s for a cold drink. We met over a year ago, hiding in the same back corner at the YMCA, commiserating, mumbling, and laughing at our attempts to zig when we should have zagged. (Strangers now friends.) As we stood by the iced tea dispenser, we noticed a couple of ladies chatting and showing off an embellished Fourth of July T-shirt. We admired the home-made shirt, commented and proceeded to our table.

Karen and I spent over an hour visiting, talking about friends and family, joking to the point of tears. We walked out to our cars, but then, I felt compelled to turn around and talk to the two friends with the T-shirt. I plopped my iced tea at their table and said, “Would you ladies mind if I join you for a few minutes?” They were most cordial, and after brief introductions, we were talking like old friends.

Brenda and Debbie explained how they met at church less than a year ago. They agreed that sometimes just extending a kind word or talking to a stranger could result in a special friendship. That’s how they met. We exchanged names and Facebook info and promised to keep in touch. It’s funny! I told them that people give off a distinct electrical energy, and I knew when I first glanced over and saw them laughing, that I knew they were fun, welcoming friends.

Brenda and Debbie (My new friends) Walt Whitman knew what he was talking about.

6 Responses to “Saturday: Strangers and Other Friendships”

  1. FrancescaB June 30, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Lovely post, Toni :c)

    • toniandrukaitisoni June 30, 2013 at 2:07 am #

      Thank you so much. I hope you talk to strangers too. I bet you do.

  2. Yoshiko July 1, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Sometimes, I do talk to strangers especially leading them the lost to the place they go but I know the way 🙂

    • toniandrukaitisoni July 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      I love how you put that…”Leading them the lost to the place they go but I know the way.” A metaphor for life. Thank you.

  3. Holistic Wayfarer July 5, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    I think you struck gold – in regard to the energy.

    I read once that the whole cosmos emits frequency. All matter transmits energy. So it hit me that it is in the literal sense that we sometimes get on the same wavelength with someone. I buy it. That I connect with another bc our frequencies are compatible. Music…is sound waves. And how it stirs the soul! I think it’s part of God’s engineering. Fascinating. I might blow this up into a post someday.

    • toniandrukaitisoni July 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      I know some people probably think we’re nits, but I believe it’s true. We all give off that energy. It’s also internal, because some folks are like that inside too. I can feel the energy of beautiful people, but can definitely tell which ones to stay clear of. You strike me as one of those souls that radiates positive fun vibes. I look forward to keeping in touch.

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