Monday, April 13, 2009

Shy Girl Branches Out

It's the little things in life that can make it so sweet, if we will stop to think about them.

A neighbor dog, that looks just like mine when I was 5 years old, came up to me and just stood with his head next to my leg. Never did this before.

The repairman came a day early and fixed 3 things instead of the scheduled one. Got quite a lesson in how to install towel racks, and even better, learned about the man's family back in Guatemala.

Let me start this one by saying no one was hurt - a gigantic leafy branch fell off a tree in the courtyard and the kids had a super time dividing up the spoils and playing with them.

In front of the grocery I stopped to talk with the guy handing out something, instead of going on by which I would normally do. Turns out he is a school teacher from the neighboring town who is trying to raise funds for one of the high school kids who had an accident. The paper wasn't an ad, but the article in the local newspaper about efforts to help the family.

I got brave and called up a friend that I hadn't talked to for a long time. She was delighted to get back in touch. [Are we sensing an introvert theme here today?]

Went to the bank and the woman who helped me said, Yes I remember you, I helped you open your account last summer.

So it's my natural tendency to hide and not talk to anyone - need to push myself out there a little - but the rewards are very sweet.


photo by adwriter


Elliott said...

So if the Introvert goes out, does that make her an outrovert? at least for the duration?

Sounds as if she seriesed along through small accomplishments today and thus received a series of small affirmations in exchange. The most special involving a dog, that in spirit, reached back into her long ago.

Is this a sign and a signal that she should bring such a dog into her life now? Perhaps..

What would her youngers counsel?

Toby Wollin said...

Well, it sounds as if we are going to get into one of those discussions about 'do you have an in-nie or an out-ie?" I think (but then again, I feel that dogs are the recipients of unclaimed souls)that dog 'knew' you. I also think that 'shy girl' now is ready to be part of her community and has stopped perching on one foot waiting. Time to put the other foot down and put down roots.