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Vicarious Glimpses

The following was a message left on my
cell phone yesterday by a friend:

“Hey, Jen, it’s me. I thought you’d want to know
that I was out running errands and happened to drive by the school,
and I looked at the clock and what do you know! It was recess time
for our girls! So I looked up at the playground and there they
were, arms flung out and heads thrown back, running across the
playground with abandon. They were clearly flying and having a
terrific time. Just thought you’d want to know.”

I cannot tell you how much I love messages like that. Stolen
sneak-peeks into Maddie’s life give me that bit of
reassurance –that she is still a nice person and not running
around the playground beating kids up. That she has friends, and is
not lonely and miserable.

That she does indeed thrive without me.

I was humming happily for the rest of the afternoon, snuggling up
to that picture in my mind like it was a purring cat on a rainy

Thanks, my friend!


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