A Walk (Ruth’s SOLS 5/31)
“Want to go for a walk tonight?” I said into the answering machine, “Call me back and let me know, I can go anytime.”
The phone rang two minutes later, “Hey, I was taking pizzas out of the oven. Yes, I’d love to walk tonight. Do you mind if we go after dark?”
“No problem . . . ” we made a plan and hung up.
Walking in the crisp night, bundled in mittens, scarves, and hats, I breathe in the frosty air, stars, and friendship. Heidi and I have been walking together for a year; however, it’s been months since we’ve been out. The winter months caused us to hunker down. I need the walk tonight because my body is demanding fresh air and movement.
More so, though, I need the talk tonight. I need to step-step-step beside the friend who understands me before I understand myself. I need to chat-chat-chat to make sense of life. I need to sigh-giggle-cry to soothe my soul.
It wasn’t just the walk that was good for my heart tonight. It is having a friend I can call at the drop of a hat. It is knowing I have reached a level of comfort with Heidi that I don’t worry about imposing or being a bother. It’s being able to be myself, without filters, and knowing it’s okay.