Recently I attended a weekend away with one of my closest friends and about 158 other women I did not know. Mealtime was full of wonderful foods prepared by in house chefs and large round tables where we sat and ate family style. The introvert in me could have easily sat off at a table on my own. Just me and my friend. But, that’s not what this weekend was about. Every time we broke bread with a new table of smiling, beautiful women, I walked away having learned something new or having been encouraged in some way.
One meal in particular, I met a really special lady (I’ll call her Meredith). Her big eyes just sucked me in as she smiled and asked me about myself over and over again. She didn’t want to talk about her life. She wanted to get to know me. Where was I from, what was my story, what was my family dynamic etc. etc. etc. She knew how to make you feel special. She never turned the conversation to herself. Not once.
Until…her grown daughter sitting with her began to share with us that her mom was a recent breast cancer survivor. She had been to hell and back. Surgeries. Lymphnodes. Double mastectomy. Chemotherapy. Radiation. And yet here she was, smiling, hair back in place, healthy, putting the spotlight on me and my friend. So selfless. So full of life.
Once her daughter spilled the beans, we turned to Meredith and smiled and she smiled back. She shook her head yes, confirming what her daughter had shared, looked down at her lap, then back up to me, rubbed her hands across the table, and then she said…”God is so sweet. So. Sweet”. Not the reaction most would expect.
I love that word.
Since I’m a word nerd I looked it up. The definition wasn’t too impressive, maybe because we already know what it means, but the words listed in Merriam Webster related to sweet bring a deeper meaning.
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