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Yesterday's Lunch Date

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I saw her coming from the window inside the restaurant. My student did not know what she looked like, and therefore had no idea what to expect. Her face was wrinkled with experience and a life of blessings mixed with disappointment
Before you noticed her face, however, you saw her. The Sun shone and yet she wore a furry tam, the colour of lemons, with a matching rain slicker. Gum rubber boots, the style that my son wears. Black with pink soles. They tucked her pant legs in and came up to the knees. She wore a heavy backpack on her back. She is a thick woman. Short and pudgy. When she pulled the tam off her head, she exhibited a practical short grey haircut of the sort you would get from the $10.00 hair cutting shop. Appearances did not matter, not at all. She received curious stares and glances, but she didn’t notice.

She walked into the restaurant and waved helllooooo loudly to us.
This is the woman I had lunch with yesterday, one of the strangest I know.
However, appearances can be deceiving, for this woman is one of the bravest and most courageous, protectors of the environment. Dismissed as a kook, tree hugger, perhaps even a bag lady. She garnered stare after stare. I saw them, she didn’t. I wanted to tell everyone who looked and thought…she is a defender of this planet; what are you doing? Who are you to stare? We should stare at you and wonder what kind of person you are. Do not judge. The next person you see who looks like a kook just might be one of the most inspirational.

She ordered a plate of fruit for lunch, and while we talked, the juice squirted and sprayed and I had to resist the temptation to wipe the spray from my new journal, as I wrote down her words of wisdom. So her words are forever etched in my notebook, along with the watermelon juice.

You are a rose among thorns.
A flower in bloom among buds that don’t open.

A square peg, that refuses to believe
That you can not make a square
Fit into a circle.

Keep on refusing.
Keep trying.
Keep forcing.

The disbelievers.
The decision-makers.

For your square is colourful,
The shades of nature and
Everything beautiful.

They soon will see
That there is nothing crazy
About wanting to protect, preserve
Restore and Enhance.

Somebody, please tell me…
What is so radical
About that.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Who decides what is weird? ;)

    You never know who is in control. I see alot of myself in your friend. Looks are deceiving. ;)

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    I agree, looks are deceiving. I'd much rather lunch with an eccentric intellect; she sounds extraordinary. Is she published?

  1. Blogger x said:

    she sounds amazing. as your poem is. once you get over the fact that she sprays juice all over, that is. But then, it's the little quirky things that make us special. the world would be a boring place without these people. and from what you say, a much more hopeless place too.
    I hope she gets her way!

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    She sounds like a wonderful person. It's great to have people like her in the world, makes it a better place. Your poem was lovely. Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Thanks for the inspirational post :) I wish those views were the norm. The kooks and the square pegs are worth more to me than the ones who feel the need to be just like everyone else.

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    What a nice luncheon one that you will never forget. I love that poem. People like that dear Lady inspire me to get off my wide-side and do something. Have a good day! :)

  1. Blogger JM said:

    I am also a firm believer in protecting the environment.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Here's to nonconformists...

    No, she is not published, but she is extraordinary.

    She will unfortunately not get her way, because she is who she is and people like conformists.

    Thank You.

    I completely agree...the world should be square not spherical.

    I love inspirational people and those who feel inspired are even better; Off to save the planet today!...every little bit helps.

    Good; so do you do anything proactive about it?

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    That juice stain will always remind you of your fascinating day! She sounds like an intriguing woman who has seen a lot and knows what's up.

    Lovely poem.

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    You must tell us more about this person ...

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    She is lovely. I wish more people saw her intent for what it is. Just pure goodness.

    I would love to but don't know if she would like me doing this!...

  1. Blogger Alysa said:

    I loved this post. Being one to dance to your own band is exhausting and difficult at times. But most that do, wouldn't have it any other way. I know, I've dealt with it most of my life.
    The world would be so boring without the eccentric folk.

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