the stranger fortune…

May 28, 2009

stranger fortune

I didn’t find this fortune in a cookie after sweet and sour chicken or wonton soup, it was laying in the grass at the strawberry patch. I find most of my soul there so it made perfect sense. You might say that this is the fortune of my life, that maybe the entire universe might be a friend even just for a moment, nothing makes me happier.

It’s been a long week. I’ve been pretty down, it’s nothing major, just one of those times when you are so aware of just how much sh*t you still need to work through. Like the kind that settles in the tub at the end of a nice bath or the backwash in your drink after a kid takes a swig. I’m very tired, like a soul tired.

It has been nothing I can hide or feel like talking about, so I’ve been hibernating. Most of my exchanges being with strangers, which feels appropriate right now…

My New Toll Friend

I drove up to the toll to get over the bridge.

Toll Friend: Hi, how are you?

Me: Bad.

TF: Did you say bad?!

Me: Yeah. It’s not going so good.

TF: Oh girl, it’s gonna be alright.

Me: Thanks…

Next day, same time, same girl.

TF: Hi, how are you?

Me: Better, you were right.

TF: You remembered me?!

Me: Of course, I believed you, I needed that. Thank you.

TF: I know how it can be…

Me: See you tomorrow? same time?

TF: Sounds good girl!

Sometimes I feel like the whole world is trying to be kind to me…and I am so grateful, you have no idea.

10 Responses to “the stranger fortune…”

  1. bk Says:

    Something tells me you’re both the stranger AND the friend.

    wishing you luck through the yuck!


  2. Anne Says:

    I hear you girl, some days the world just feel heavy, and sometimes the days move into weeks. I think its good that you went to the patch enough times to find that fortune, course, maybe they saw you coming again, and it was in their plan, because you are their new stranger friend

  3. Tabitha Says:

    Sometimes we don’t want to hear this, but its true so I’ll send it to you with love. “This Too Shall Pass”

    *Warm Hugs*

  4. Amber Says:

    I love it when strangers speak just the truth we need, at just the right time. Moments like this are what renew my faith in the goodness of the universe.

    I hope you’re through your tough patch soon. 🙂

  5. Traci Says:

    I hope your happy days will be back again soon 🙂

  6. Carol Says:

    Thank you so much. You just gave me a new definition of friend and now I don’t feel so friendless. I have lots of friends. I just didn’t know it.

  7. kelly Says:

    i found a fortune the other day that said, “the beginning of all understanding is innocent.” i can’t decide if it is profound or simply, engrish. in any case, your stranger fortune is brilliant on so many levels.

    firstly, it is PERFECT for you, my stranger-loving friend. secondly, strangers are clearly the just-right people for you in this time–you can connect, offer something to one another in a fleeting, irrepeatable moment and part ways feeling no further obligation whatsoever. kind of like a one night stand, only waaay safer and so much more wholesome. 🙂

  8. Kristin Says:

    I love Kelly’s comment about the stranger one night stand. I have some of the loveliest encounters with the senior citizens at Ukrops who help you out to the car with your groceries. Short, but present & real encounters with some seriously wise people. It almost always makes my day.

    Thinking of you Patience & sending you lots of love and resting energy. Hibernation can be good – follow your gut.

  9. Trish Says:


    Beautiful name by the way for a beautiful spirit. Being gentle with yourself is a kind gesture to give yourself as a present.

    You’re a present to me and your writings. I mailed off the first installment that we’ve emailed about. More to come.

    Love, Trish

    Tonight, I will light a candle in honor of your sweet soul and that the ‘stuff’ in the interior drains away. I’ve been where you are now for quite a while.

  10. Jen Lee Says:

    Amen. I know just how you feel. May some small stone of kindness find it’s way to me, too.

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