Sunday, September 05, 2010

I surprised her!
Jamie was at a baseball game so I told the girls we would go for dinner. Abegail was playing at a house that just happened to be on our way. ;) The girls, of course, noticed when I steered off the regular path so I told them I had to pick something up (I was just bursting inside at this moment as you can imagine). I had expected Abegail would be playing outside but she wasn't, so I told Tori to come with me so she could help me pick up my something. She assumed I had bought an item off Craigslist. So when she heard a voice say "Hi, Tori" she sort of waved and said "Who is that?.....Abegail?". And then the big what-in-the-world-is-going-on smile came over her face and she looked at me and ran over and gave me a hug before going in to reunite with her friend. There was chatting and giggling almost instantaneously. ***sigh***.

They sat alone at dinner so they could catch up on some chatting. My heart was so happy watching them talk I had to sneak over and snag a picture. :)

I had a grand idea to take them to the American Girl Bistro for dessert, but when we got there it was closing. That was disappointing. My apologies to Sue, Abegail's mother, for the American Girl Store visit. Sue and I had always stayed strong together staving off the girls constant requests for American Girl dolls. We had even both bought them the Target version a Christmas or two ago to appease some of their longings. But Jamie gave in and we bought Tori one for her birthday this year and I thought Abegail had got one, too. Oops. (Sue she may have said to me, "Now that Tori has one, my mom will have to buy me one"). My deepest apologies. :)

Most of their night was spent in their tent. I would love to hear all that they talked and giggled about inside those blanket walls but that would take the joy and mystery out of preteen girlhood. Of course I asked Tori what they talked about this morning and she gave me the staple pre-teen answer, "Nothing really".

Thanking the Lord today for sweet friendships that cross miles. Their style may change and their topics of conversation may, too, but their hearts will be forever bound by first grade, Mr. Suzuki, soccer, and hand jives. We love you Abegail!


mrsmarkdave said...

that is the coolest story ever!

Life with Kaishon said...

This made me cry Gretchen. I am so happy you could surprise Tori! And I LOVE that she came to give you a hug first. Doesn't that say something? She is so beautiful. I am glad you get to be her Mommy!

I want to buy someone an American Girl doll. Pray that I can have a baby girl. I am just about to combust if I never get one. Girls are the best! : (

Isn't combust a word? Blogger is underlining it in red. I am too lazy to change it.

Marissa said...

I got all giddy with excitement. I could totally picture all of Tori's expressions on her face! I love that she came to hug you first! You're the COOLEST mom EVER!!!

Full of JOY said...

And I'm just glad I didn't marry Mr. Suzuki. HAHA! What an amazingly sweet story that I'm sure you will all always remember.