Tag Archives: broken rib

Day 149: Wendy

2 Sep

This morning I received an email from Wendy, a friend who lives in my neighborhood. She and I go to the same church and, at least for a while, we both had dogs. Her email stated that recently while out for a walk with her dog she tripped over an uneven sidewalk and suffered a broken a rib and she also broke a bone in her finger!

Tomorrow it will have been eight weeks since I broke a rib and I can tell you that it still hurts. My whole summer was affected by this seemingly small event and it is certain that Wendy will be uncomfortable (to say the least) for the next two months. Knowing this, I baked an Apple Blackberry Double Crust pie in the hopes that it would bring a smile to her face.


Wendy’s Pie looked just like this – right down to the sprinkling of sugar on top!

As I was preparing today’s pie I remembered that last year on Mother’s Day I was alone. My husband was away working, and both of my children were in Europe. Needless to say, I had no plans for the day. After church, Wendy came up to me and asked if I would like to come to her house for dinner. Her son, Walker, was going to cook and she would be delighted if I joined them. It was really nice to be included and I gladly accepted the invitation. As I recall, we all shared a very pleasant evening.

To me, that’s what friendship is all about: friends are there for one another. What that means may change from time to time, but there is a willingness to help one another in whatever way we can. It can be an offer to share a dinner or the simple gift of a pie. These gestures let us know that we are not alone; they remind us that we are loved. And that is so very important.

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer