After Sim & I got home, I was texting with Ras. He's usually the last person I communicate with at night and it's become a common thing for him to wish me, "boa noite, doces sonhos" (good night, sweet dreams). Sometimes, my day would start with a "Bom dia!" text. After going back and forth for a bit, it really started to hit me that my friend was leaving for 2 years. Two WHOLE years. It hit me hard, really hard. While Mr. Red was away on deployment for several months, Ras became the friend I needed and grew closer to. After my "Ras is leaving for two years" realization, the water works started and wouldn't stop. I cried because I was going to miss my friend so much! I don't always see Ras' the callous side that so many other see. I'm fortunate enough to see the kind, caring and sensitive Ras that he rarely lets others know about. While I was Relief Society president, he sustained me in so many ways. When I felt down in the dumps about stuff, I'd turn to him and he'd uplift my spirits and heart. Yeah, I liked him at one time, but at the heart of it all, we were always friends. So when I say I'm going to miss him, I'm going to miss my good friend who's been there when I didn't allow others to see my weak or vulnerable side, my friend who never got annoyed at my antics and my friend who's just fun to be around.
I started to think of the transaction that occurred between Mr. Red and Sim. How in the world was Mr. Red really going to give Sim the Vespa for free?! How is someone just so giving and willing to accept $5 for a 5 year old, great condition motor scooter?! And on top of that, giving him the helmet and riding gloves too!? I couldn't wrap my mind around it. This guy who practically gave away his Vespa is my friend...not just some random good guy from a random heart warming story, but my friend who I'm tremendously blessed to know. I wept more, my heart was bursting at the seams and I couldn't stop the tears. My mind and heart was in awe that Heavenly Father would bless my life with such giving, compassionate and selfless friends. Knowing and realizing this was overwhelming, last night. I'm truly grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows what types of friends I need in my life and blesses me with such heaven sent angels. My cup runneth over!!
|The perma-grin happy new Vespa owner.|
(and yes, even as I was typing this the water works were slighly flowing. I can't help it, my heart is bursting with gratitude!)