Since arriving here in Arizona I’ve been absolutely amazed at how friendly and outgoing people are. I consider myself a very friendly person, but a bit shy and reserved when it comes to actually making plans to go out with new acquaintances. Within the first few weeks of living here, ripping open boxes, unpacking, untaping, unwrapping every item we own, my nails were in serious need of a mani/pedi. I went onto Yelp to find the highest customer rated salon and went there. From the moment I met Sharie, I knew she was my kind of girl ~ I could easily see us hanging out together, going to lunch, happy hour, chatting about anything and everything, and through that wonderful hour and a half of pampering, I left with my first friend here in Arizona.
Since that day, we’ve been to lunch a few times and happy hour with several of her friends, Cindy and Menaz, a few more ladies I now consider lucky to call friends. Several days ago, Sharie and I were enjoying a super fun, Italian lunch at The Parlor and she mentioned that she had airline tickets and wanted to do a girls weekend in New York. She asked if I would be interested and I was so freaking ecstatic by the idea of surrounding myself with my newfound friends, I slammed my hands on the table, practically jumped out of my seat and yelled, “YES!!”, but reality quickly reared its party-pooper head and in the same breath I said, “But, it’s going to take some budgeting, so let me talk to CJ and we’ll plan it!” We toasted to that and went our separate ways, planning to get together one morning next week to go to the stables to watch her beautiul horse run.
Fast forward to last night as I was just drifting off to sleep. Sharie texted me to call her if possible and if not to call today. Worried, I called her right then. Turns out, Menaz just got back from a trip out of the country and Sharie was telling her about our planned trip and asked if she wanted to go. Not only did Menaz want to go, she wanted to take care of the hotel room so I didn’t have to worry about the cost. So now, Sharie has the tickets, Menaz has secured the hotel and I am lying here blown away by the thoughtful, kind gestures of these absolutely amazing ladies. Just as I am thinking about this, Sharie tells me that she was talking to a client of hers about our plan. She happened to let the lady know of my illness and the woman was so touched that when she left, she pressed a $100 bill into her hand and told her to give it to me and to have a wonderful time. <3 I am once again humbled by the kindness of new friends and a perfect stranger I have never met who just heard about my story and wanted to reach out to me. I pray that God gives me the perfect answer in how to express my deepest gratitude ~ I just do not feel that words can express it. <3