Monday, January 4, 2016

The Woman in Red

Happy New Year!

We were on the road when 2016 hit. I was desperately clutching for a coffee carafe at a Residence Inn, when I realized there was a woman standing next to me. I moved aside and said we could share the space.

She was dressed in a red sweatshirt and red sweatpants. Very Santa-esque. And she had something that resembled a shower cap on her head. She had one of those smiles that reels you in instantly. I quickly found a way to continue our conversation.

“Another year to grow older.” I winked at her as she fumbled with a hazelnut creamer. I can be quite friendly when in dire need of caffeine, apparently.

She stopped fiddling with the stir stick and looked me directly in the eyes, a serene expression defining her features. “This is going to be a great year for you.”

It’s amazing how much of an impact a stranger can have. I spent the rest of the day in the car with my husband and kids feeling as though someone spiked my coffee. Maybe that’s how they roll at that particular Residence Inn along the coast. Or perhaps it’s that the woman in red gave me a blessing to start my year. She tipped me off to the best way to begin anything—believing in its potential.

Cheers to a great year ahead!

*Happy 40th birthday to my husband! 


  1. I've had experiences like this too. Love when a stranger can "know" us so well. Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year! I always appreciate the kindness of strangers. Reminds me not everyone out there has lost it. ;-)

  2. I hope your new year is beautiful as well!

  3. Wendy: I trust your new year will be full of good things for you and yours.


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