Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Marshall's Tale

One day, I decided to go to Marshall's.  It's one of my favorite places to wander and waste the day.  Somehow their "Clearance racks" talk to me.  Swear to goodness's as if they say, "hey, come over, today is your lucky day."  I go shopping every six months or so unless I really need something for a specific reason.

On one of visits last year, I was in the check out lane and two women were in front of me.  Good friends obviously and they seemed nice enough.  One of them was purchasing a decoration for her yard.  A planter that looked like a tricycle.  I swear, all I said was, "that's adorable."  Well, from that point on the conversation ensued.  We stood outside the store on the sidewalk talking for at least a half hour.  Meanwhile we exchanged phone numbers and, as always, I told them if they were ever around Boones Mill to stop by.  

I got home and a short while later, the phone rang.  It was Sheryl, one of the women I'd met earlier that day.  She asked if she and Dottie could come by and I said, "absolutely."  Giving her directions on how to get to the house and to not be scared when they pass the old bus on the left, I was happy they took me up on the invitation.

About a half hour passed and there they were pulling in the driveway.  Opening the front door and greeting them as if they were old friends, they immediately began saying wonderful things about the front porch.  We went inside and I gave them the "tour" which they loved.  Then, before we sat down to have some lunch and a few cookies (pulled from the freezer), they took me back into my living room.  Out of a canvas shopping bag, they pulled something wrapped in brown paper and tied with raffia.  Handing it to me, they said, "This is for you.  We stopped at a place on the way here.  We want you to have it for being so hospitable."   Wasn't that so sweet?  They gave me a framed old cross stitch.  Isn't it great?! 

I immediately placed it on the mantel over the fireplace. because, to me, it was such a heart warming thing for them to do!  They both live out at Smith Mountain Lake...right on the lake actually.  I've been there a few times to visit.  They like it a lot when I bring cookies...:)


  1. We never know how many potential friends we pass by! Glad you made their acquaintance. Sounds like it turned into quite a friendship.

  2. I love this post, JP. You proved the old saying, "Strangers are friends we haven't yet met."


  3. What a neat story! Such sweet ladies - all 3 of you!

  4. Have you noticed that people that live in the country seem to be more friendly and take the time to visit? I know I do. Great story!

  5. That was a very sweet story,and I love the cross stitching. It's great to have friend's. Blessings jane

  6. What a wonderful story! And now, I'm sure you all will remain good friends for a lifetime:)

  7. That is a wonderful story! Glad you met them. I've heard that Smith Mountain Lake is really nice. I have a friend whose dad lives on the lake. She spends most of the Summer visiting them! :)

    Have a Great Day!

  8. I love this story - way to go living life to the fullest! I hope you keep the friendships going for years and years.


  9. Love your stories JP, and you meet the nicest people. I once heard someone say, "we attract the kind of people that we are ourselves." No wonder your surrounded by kind folks.
    the wanna be country girl - Caroline

  10. Neat story. I Love handmade gifts. Even if they aren't made by the giver, it's still handmade. Made with love, given with love.

    Cindy Bee

  11. Thank you for leaving a comment for Shayna on the Roba Dolce blog, she'll be thrilled to see all the kind words.

    I love your blog! Love your house!! Love gardening too and will follow along with you... my personal blog is about our 1835 farm house re-do in CT...what part of CT are you from?

  12. You just never know where you will make a friend or two :O)

  13. Wow, this is an amazing story. It's nice to know there are still sweet people in the world. I would have assumed they were coming over to kill me. (i have a few issues.)

    Stopping by from TRDC. Is that your house in the photo? Amazing!

  14. Definitely ~ an amazing story ~ don't think that would happen in MA ~ at least not in the winter and people here would be leary of 'strangers' ~ isn't that awful ~ But You ~ What a wonderful gift ~ ! You are just one of those loveable people ~ The Universe is watching over you ~ thanks for sharing a great story ~ ^_^

    PS ~ if you win the prize and are away ~ I will know and just post it ~ ^_^


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