“Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone” – Maya Angelou
Lately, I have been feeling down. Unfortunately this is nothing new. Two to three times a year I go into a “funk”. Not sure what it is but I really hate when it happens.
I mentioned this to my MS support group and after hearing about my troubles, a fellow MS group member, invited me to hangout with her for the weekend.
Sue, who has become a good friend and confidant, recommended we attend the New Orleans Oyster Festival. I agreed and we set a time and chose Sunday as the date.
Once the big day came, I was so excited. As soon as I woke up I began getting ready. As I was putting on my clothes, I could hear the patter of rain on my bedroom window. I looked outside and sure enough it was raining. I felt like crying. Then the phone rang. It was Sue. I just knew she was going to cancel. I answered the phone with a melancholy hello. She ecstatically answered back, “You ready?”
I said, “Sue, it’s raining.”
She replied, “If MS can’t stop us, how we gonna let a little rain stop us? Girl, put on a hat and let’s go!”
So we met on the Riverwalk in the rain. We were able to find some shelter and settled in to eat our charbroiled oysters and shrimp po’boys. The sun even peaked out and gave us a thirty-minute reprise so we could see the bands play music and watch an oyster-eating contest.
On the way home, I just felt so happy. Yes, my issues were still present but for a little while I was able to escape the worry and tension that always accompany my problems.
It’s funny how friends and family can come through just when you think no one cares. Yes, a friend in need, is a friend indeed.
There is little as wonderful as the time spent around friends. Friends with whom we don’t have to fake it are even better. Those who just understand what we experience are a true blessing because we don’t have to invoke their imagination for empathy. We’re not exposing them to anything we would rather not because they already know. I’m glad you got to spend such time with your friend, and the food looked good.
Your honesty about how you are feeling opens the door to others to share their tough days, as well as their good ones. With society so focussed on never complaining, being stoic, it does not reflect the healing power of sharing and moving forward together. I really admire you and enjoy your site very much.
I’m doing fine. Those charbroiled oysters look yummy! I love your courage in living life.
Hi Nicole, I am so glad you ended up having such a great day. I know I get really depressed now and then and having one good day can really turn it around. Hang in there.
So happy that you and your friend were able to go and enjoy the celebration in spite of the weather. We all need great friends like Sue — what a blessing! And the food looked fabulous!
Every moment is precious and to able to enjoy the day despite the rain is a blessing ! Friends are worth their weight in gold and they keep us laughing through the pain !
I am glad you went out and had a good time. The right friends can have such a positive effect on us.
We with MS are TOUGH ! So glad that you didn’t let the rain stop you girls! Hope you both had a great time the oysters looked yummy Take care
Pam, we did!!! Thanks
Glad that you had a great time. I have been in a huge funk that I can’t get out of for several months now. I have found that MS can be very isolating.
Amy, yes it can.
I am so glad you got to go out and enjoy yourself! Honestly, this makes me want to cry happy tears. I am glad that you didn’t let the rain or MS stop you! I love seeing the happy post – I know it can be hard and it’s so easy to focus on the negative (I do it all the time). I am so happy for you!
Laurie, Thanks! It feels good too…being happy that is.
So true, i am glad you went!
Kathy, Me too!
Love this post. Love the Maya Angelou quote. LOVE, love the gorgeous picture of you and your friend! Been there with the funk but fortunately been there too with having a friend help me out of it..
Yvonne, Thanks so much!
We can do this with a little help from our friends. Not asking for a cease of the storm just a spare umbrella or two along the way. Thanks for sharing your happy moment.
mary alice, Yes we can!
I’m so glad you decided to go, the food looks so delicious! You two look great:-)
Janelle, missing home?
You took the bull by the horns. I try to be grateful for moments, friends, and all the small things. It takes mindfulness and patience so it is a constant struggle. Keep on keeping on
Leslie, thanks for the support.
Awesome and inspiring. Thanks!
Marie, it doesn’t get much better!
That sounds so much fun. And the food looks good.
Lena, it was good!
I’m no seafood eater, but this still looks like a good time. Anything I do with friends is a welcome break from the routine of whatever MS is throwing my way. I’m glad it works for you, too. I like the ‘no rain will stop me’ idea – it makes me want to sing ‘ain’t no mountain high enough.’
Laura, that’s funny!
How wonderful to have a friend like that!!!
Laurie, yes it is!