It has been a wildly busy day. This week I am preparing for eye surgery, which is next week on Thursday. I have three pre-op appointments today and tomorrow; and the one tomorrow, is 3-4 hours. And it is the week of The Word Guild Awards Gala and Write! Canada, a conference, two events I would not miss if I could help it.
This morning I went for one appointment, with my ophthalmologist. He peered into my eye and asked it I could leave my contacts out for a few days. I must have winced because by his reaction I felt compelled to explain that I am going to a gala tomorrow night. He was so interested in the gala and wanted to know what I was wearing. "I haven't decided," I said, "But probably something I already have."
He laughed. I guess he has a wife and daughters and knows something about women because upon thinking it over as I left his office, I headed for the mall--where I had been going to buy some shoes, but now I decided to also see if there was something there that might go with the shoes!
I saw a store I hadn't been in before: Forever 21, and soon lost track of time as it is easy to do when trying on clothes. When I glanced at my watch I was shocked to see that it was 12.00 noon. My next doctor's appointment, for a physical, was at 12.45, so I decided to leave right then and come back afterwards. I felt the sweet and unaccustomed sensation of knowing that I was going to be on time for the appointment, early even, as it was in the next town down the road.
Well, the sweet sensation was over quickly, because a few minutes down the road I remembered that I had intended to go home after the first appointment and the forms which the doctor was to fill out were still there. I turned at the next side street and headed for Bond Head. By driving very quickly I got to the doctor's office 15 minutes late. Fortunately he was also running late and I was still early on doctor time.
After the doctor's appointment I went back to the mall and found a beautiful dress that happened to be 50% off.
Four friends: Frances, Susan, Irene, Jamie and I are going to the gala together. They are coming to the event because it is an important one for me, not because I am winning an award, but to hear one of the speeches to accompany the giving of an award, that I had the privilege of writing! Really it is a night when we have an excuse to go out, get dressed up and have a special time together. We are all going out to dinner first at a nearby Indian Restaurant: Nirvana.
Frances called at 10.15 pm to discuss what she is wearing. When I told her that I'd been to 21 Forever (although the dress I bought for tomorrow came from another store) she told me that it is a store owned by Christians and that there is a text on the bags. I checked it out, and sure enough, there it was, on the bag: John 3:16, How cool.
Then it was on to "Frances."
She said "It behooves me to be beautiful for my friends!" And of her dress she said, "I tried it on when I got home and Summer's (her daughter) face hit the floor. It is strapless gathered at the cleavage and it falls from there. a grecian cut, something summery, grayish blue and white with a white shrug, white sandals and silver polish for my toes."
Frances said, revelling in the thought of getting dressed up, "I am icing. A substantial icing; butter-cream; rich. I enhance. I don't just make Brian (her husband) better--Brian the cake--but I'm a woman--I'm beautiful."
This is one of my dear friends--a rich, butter-cream icing friend--a friend who is making this evening special with her presence and going all out to enter into the joy of it all.. And I am laughing at the thought that Brian is a cake to her icing.