Kindred Sprits Come in All Sizes

I have written about my kindred spirits – the friends that I have found in the last few years.  However, with the help of Jill Pickle, one of those friends, I realized that kindred spirits aren’t limited to your peers – they come in all sizes.

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hThe weather is warming up, the snow is melting of the playground, and the children are staying a little longer after school, playing.  This shift means that we have visitors afters school, former students (4th and 5th grade) stop by to chat.  It is one of these students, let’s call her R, that I realized is a kindred spirit.

Each day she must wait for her grandma to wrangle her little brother, and so we get to spend a little time with R.

“P is my anchor,” she stated, referring to her little brother.  “All I want to do is sail away, like the Titanic.”

“The Titanic sank!”  I pointed out.

“The Titanic without the iceberg,” she amended.

Jill turned to Amanda, the other third grade teacher, because she is new to our school and conversations with R.  “R is like one of us,”  she stated motioning to the three of us teachers.  “When she get’s older she will be just like us.”  (Yep.  Scary!)

The conversation went on a little longer and when it was time for us to go inside, Jill and I gave R hugs.  R then turned to Amanda and held out a hand, “Nice to meet you!” (How polite and grown up!  I know!)

Amanda responded, “Do you want a hug instead?”

“Yes.”

Oh, I love the change in weather for so many reasons.  One of them being our time with R, a kindred spirit.

Collecting…

20150306_204013After a quick shopping trip for random food, we were off to Jill’s for a 90s movies night!

I am lucky enough to call the ladies that I work with friends.  Not just friends, but kindred spirits.  I can be my strange, unfriendly self around them and they still want to spend time with me.  I have never had that until them.

These ladies are amazing spirits.  Full of love, compassion, and weirdness…

Example:

The female lead in our first movie, Here on Earth, was talking to the bad boy she was falling for…

I love this spot, it’s like heaven right here on earth, maybe that’s what heaven is, maybe we go through life collecting people and places we love and they become in our heaven and that’s where you mom is, she in her heaven surrounded by everything that she loves… including you.

Then, in a hushed tone, Amanda says, “I’m secretly collecting you guys…”  Perfectly weird!

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Kindred Spirits

Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.

– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

For many years, I was convinced there was no one else like me.  I have never been in denial that I was weird, but I didn’t realize that there were other people out there just as weird as me.  In the last few years I have met many kindred spirits.

Tonight I am sitting on a couch with three other grown women, in the middle of a Dawson’s Creek marathon.  Lots of food, laughing, and no judgment.  I couldn’t be more excited to find out that Anne was right…

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