Sunday, August 24, 2008

What helps keep me sane...

...is the ringing of the telephone.

"Are you by your computer?" she says. "I need you to look up a phone number for me."

I point out that she is (a) 3000 miles away, (b) on vacation, and (c) must have a resource closer to hand. But then I think maybe this is like the last time she asked me for a phone number, when she wanted to "borrow" one of my P.R. contacts to ask a question for an article she was writing.

"I need a phone number for a taxi," she says.

Her voice is bubbling over with laughter, warmer than the weather where she's staying. Which is to say it is full of tropical sunshine.

I can do this. Never mind the logic -- or lack thereof -- of asking such a question of someone all the way across the continent. She wants something, I do it. Simple.

I pull up Dogpile, type in "------- taxis." A page comes up, and I scan the list. "Let me see," I say, "do you want 'The Crabby Cabbie,' 'Sunshine Taxis' or a plain ol' dumb 'Yellow Cab?'"

"No to the Crabby Cabbie," she says, laughing. "That sounds creepy."

I hoot derisively. Where's her spirit of adventure?

I give her two numbers. "Oh, give me your address, too," she says.

She's sending me something. Who knows what? I don't ask. The last card she sent remains on my desk; I read it whenever I'm down and instantly feel better.

I wish I was there, and tell her so. I know the therapeutic value of an unfamiliar paradise, and know even better the healing powers of a familiar, beautiful face and personality.

On a day when all Hell is breaking loose, she brings me a smile.

And I will tease her about "The Crabby Cabbie" for a long time, I think.

10 comments:

A Magpie's Nest of Treasures said...

I love this. *still smiling* I will go to sleep with these words dancing in my minds eye. Thank you!

~db

DAL said...

Everybody needs friends like that. I have one...

Birdie said...

and I feel quilty for not having called you yet. But guess what, I got a cold and I have almost lost my voice! lol

I will call you later on. Promise!

Justfly said...

Sweet entry.

Anonymous said...

I still marvel at how close a cell phone and an internet can make two people who are geographically distant. I love getting calls like that.

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Karen said...

she calls me for the train routes.

Karen said...

erm and I can' only post as Karen lol

MrScribbler said...

Karen -- It's all good as long as "she" calls, right?

Kari said...

"She" sounds like fun. :)

MrScribbler said...

Kari -- "She's" more fun than she knows! "She" means so very much to me....