If we were to have lunch one of us would send the other a text message at the time we’re supposed to leave if we’re going to meet on time. “I’m running a few minutes late, but I’m on my way!” A minute or so later the other would respond with, “Ditto.” And we’ll both be filled with relief, because “on the way” means just getting ready to walk out the door. But we anticipated it was the same for the other person. That’s just how we roll. It’s not that we’re not excited about lunch–we are! Getting together has been so overdue; it’s time to catch up on what’s currently happening in each other’s lives.
If we were to have lunch the restaurant would be packed by time we finally walk in and meet up after dealing with the horrendous parking situation. There’s construction all over. #ofcourse The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis (insert eye roll here) and roads are being blocked off as they prepare for the influx of football fans. We’d give each other a quick side-hug as we’re led to a table.
We’d sit down and order water “for now.” We’d open our menus as you’d ask, “So, what’s new with you?”
If you asked for more details, I’d tell you about this new freelance communications business that I started last year. I have a few clients and I really like them. They’re doing good work in the world and I’m able to be a support system to them. After some of the things I saw last year–the different sides of people that I saw–I was ready to walk away from doing work that’s helpful and beneficial and just focus on work that brings in money. I’ve become a little jaded. But somehow I’m still here, working with non-profits who are doing good in the world.
And then I’d mention the communications…