Our family returned home from a long day away recently. While I was taking off my shoes, I saw the red light of the answering machine blinking across the kitchen. We all listened to the message while tripping over each other, shedding our jackets and bags.
“…I was just wondering how your week at school had gone, Tric…”
When it was over, Stan said to me, “Now that girl is one good friend.”
The message was from a friend I have had most of my life. Although we haven’t lived in the same place for many years we have kept in touch well enough to know each other’s schedules, routines, when the other is in a good/rough cycle with their spouse or kids, books we are reading, hair products we are using, plants we are growing…
She is also one of the friends who photocopied Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobby, coloured it, and gave it to me before I left for South America.
“…One day in January, Toot decided to set off on his biggest trip ever. He decided to see the world. “Do you want to come along?” he asked Puddle. “We could start with someplace warm and wild.”
Puddle preferred to stay home.
I love snow, he thought…”
It is a tender story of friendship, travel, and being content at home. The pictures are wonderful; especially when coloured in pencil crayon by some best friends!
I pulled this book from my daughters’ shelf and read it to them again this week. Even though we are not in a see-the-world space right now, like I was when I first read it, it makes me smile. And to be honest, I’m happy to be the piggy at home, for now.
(Important: I am not advocating for the illegal reproduction of this book. Please borrow it from your library or buy it! 🙂 )
*My own end of the week tradition: words in song or story that move me in some way. I might type my very favourite parts in bold text, and I’ll always try to post a link below the quote so you can get more if you want it. Enjoy!