No, I’m not talking about myself in 3rd person.
Or a children’s book.
That title really does sound like it could
be a picture book, doesn’t it??
Karmen really did come to visit this weekend.
So there were two Karmens in the house.
Karmen and I had never met in person.
We’d been “talking” via comments on each other’s blog posts and Facebook for a year or so.
She was scrolling through the comments of a blog we both follow when she came across MY comment.
But she thought it was HER comment.
And she didn’t remember commenting.
So she clicked on it and found me.
Karmens with a ‘K’ unite!
I started following her blog, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Calgon”.
I learned she has 7 kids.
Let’s just pause and let that sink in.
SHE HAS 7 KIDS.
She grew up outside of Seattle.
And loves a good rainy day.
She is an excellent artist and a soulful writer.
Not too long ago Karmen mentioned a get together and I thought we’d meet somewhere between Ohio and Connecticut
but she suggested driving the entire way.
Over 10 hours.
Did I mention she has 7 kids?
She wanted to meet Monte, McDaniel and Ellie.
But most of all, she wanted to go to Cuco’s!!
Apparently, Connecticut isn’t known for its
authentic Mexican restaurants.
A few of my friends thought I was crazy for having someone I didn’t know come and stay in my home for an entire weekend.
You know, in case she was a serial killer
or psycho or something.
But it didn’t feel crazy.
Monte didn’t think it was crazy either.
But it wasn’t his first rodeo with me.
Some 20 years ago, I agreed to move in with Andrea in Atlanta while I was temporarily living in Indiana doing freelance work.
I had contacted my sorority alumni club in Atlanta
to see if they knew of anyone who needed a roommate.
And it was Andrea.
Because she had contacted the alumni club
with the same request.
I was dating Monte then and sent him to meet her while I was still in Indiana.
In case she was a serial killer
or psycho or something.
That movie “Single White Female” scared me too death.
And I only saw the trailers on TV.
|They do not look happy |
with one another.
Monte loved Andrea right away.
And told me she was a 6-foot blonde.
She is neither.
|Monte and me and Andrea last November.|
Okay, you do look a little blonde here, Andrea.
|A trip to Ohio was Andrea’s birthday gift!!|
|Bad selfie to let Monte know that|
Andrea was in Ohio.
But he was right about loving her
because I loved her right away too.
She was there when Monte and I got engaged,
she lived with us for awhile when we were newlyweds,
which helped us save for our first house,
and she was there in the hospital
to hold McDaniel when she was born.
Okay, now I’m going to cry.
All this to say, I am an idiot about A LOT of things,
if you’ve learned NOTHING from this blog,
you should’ve picked up on that,
but I am smart about people.
I wasn’t wrong about Karmen.
|Me and Karmen at Chocolate Cafe.|
You know, that almost sounds like I’m saying “Me, Myself and I”.
I love that she still has on her name tag from church!
She was great.
Everyone loved her.
And not just because she brought this amazing basket of goodies.
Nigel fell head over heels in love with Karmen.
And wouldn’t leave her alone for a second.
Monte made her laugh until she cried,
which is an important thing for him.
She brought “Guys and Dolls” for us to watch Saturday night.
Which worked out perfectly so Monte could watch back-to-back football games upstairs
while we sang “Luck Be a Lady” downstairs.
Who knew Marlon Brando could sing?
Or be cute??
The girls LOVED being included in on this.
McDaniel is already obsessed with the music and ordered the album from Amazon.
It was so fun at church to introduce Karmen to everyone and let them know there were,
“Two Karmens in the house!”
I may have enjoyed that more than anyone else.
Thank you for driving all that way to visit, Karmen!
And a special thanks to your husband for holding down the fort at home so you could come!!!