When we first moved into the home we now live nine years ago I noticed the woman who lived across the street. She was tall and willowy and much younger than me. In the following years I’d run into her occasionally when I was out walking or working in the yard but she never spoke to me and frankly I thought she was really stuck up. After a few years she moved out and then it seemed everywhere I’d go I’d see her. ...the Home Depot or the grocery store or gas station. Then I got a new job and surprise, surprise, there she was. She didn’t actually work in my office but she frequently had to bring things in to be signed and she wasn’t any more friendly there. At the next job she was dating the father of a coworker. Then I saw her hanging out with an old landlord of mine and read in the paper she ended up marrying him. She seemed to be one of those women who couldn’t go a nanosecond without a man. This year in January there was an opening at the office I now work at and she one of the applicants. I couldn’t believe my bad luck, I didn’t like anything about her. So imagine my dismay when the notice came out saying she had been hired. Before she started I looked her up on Face book and there, everything I thought I knew about her was confirmed. Every day there was an entry voicing her very loudmouth conservative, Republican agenda and her outspoken discontent with our president. Even if I agreed with her I don’t appreciate reading people’s political rants on FB and I always hide their entries if they get too obnoxious. Then I saw another reason not to like her....she is an avid hunter! I am not opposed to hunting, per se, I just cannot relate to the desire to kill animals, particularly for fun or sport. She has numerous pictures posted posing with an array of dead animals. And she’s the president of the local NRA club. The was the final nail on her coffin as far as I was concerned.
So imagine my complete and utter surprise to find I actually liked her!! We have absolutely nothing in common. She is very girly-girl in some ways....she wears 6 inch heels and perfectly manicured fake nails and is very fashionable with her long processed hair. On the other hand she is this Harley girl with crazy tattoos and when she isn’t on her bike she’s out hunting or fishing. Or working on machinery. Or some other manly pursuit. She is such a contrast between ultra feminine and masculine. The funny thing is though we really enjoy each other’s company and get along great. We play endless games of Hangman and Word With Friends and we have such a hoot just hanging out. She really brightens my work day and she has a fantastic sense of humor. I still have her hidden on my FB but every once in a while I sneak on to see what she has written. There are subjects we avoid but all in all it’s quite a miraculous friendship! I guess the moral of this story is one of my favorite quotes that says: don’t ascend so far into your own beliefs that you villainize anyone with an opposing point of view.