When Meg tells the story of how we met, it is about us joining together to help our mutual friend Alicia with a problem that Alicia thought was a big deal. We didn’t think it was a big deal, but both of us respected her and her feelings; we may have exchanged some smiles about it, but we took it seriously and stuck with Alicia until it was solved.
A few months later I ran into Meg by chance, at the Cumberland Farms on Route One in Wells That was the encounter that actually started us on our relationship. She was riding up to college with her high school friend Carol. For Meg and me, the relationship was kind of off-and-on for the next year. When we got back together for what turned out to be 32 years now, Carol and her mother were both in the hospital with emergency health issues. Carol’s mom had an aneurism she was lucky to survive, and Carol, by then late in her first pregnancy, was having complications. Our date turned into a hospital visit. I met a lot of strangers who would become life-long friends.
Meg started at Cole Haan as a temporary worker in the warehouse. One of her fellow temps also became a full-time Cole Haan employee. Barb did not stay with Cole Haan, but remains a lifelong friend.
These are not three separate stories about Meg being a good friend; this is one story about Meg being a catalyst for a community of friendship because Alicia and Barb and Carol are all friends with each other. And they are examples; I could come up with a dozen more. If someone asked how we met them the answers would be different: high school, college, work, gym, sports, friends of friends. But ask them how they met each other and the answer will include “Meg.”
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...artment he’d lived in. A friend’s son disappeared at sea, with the freighter he captained. That memorial service was hard to face, but I went to support my friend. The hardest thing to face was Barb’s son’s death. He is our daughter’s age. The funeral home was full of people who could not contain their grief. Carol and Brad, Lorene and Chris, John and Maggie -- people we introduced to Barb -- came to support her. Meg has called or texted Barb every day since, invited her out regularly, visited her every week.
For her altruism, her steadfastness, her central role in a growing community of friendship she has been a role model and teacher for me for more than thirty years. There are plenty of people of great achievement out there, but she is an extraordinary individual I see every day right here. So every Sunday, when I go grocery shopping, I bring home flowers.
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