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It is Sunday morning.....I am sitting on the couch, a cup of my favorite Bon Jour (a chicory flavored coffeelike beverage Julia brings me from France) in hand, watching Charles Osgood and "Sunday Morning" on CBS. They note the death of Vincent Sardi and I think of past visits to the famous restaurant in the heart of the theater district (and of the canelloni I always ordered). Occasionally I look out the new French doors at the pond and the various waterfowl gliding by. Sunlight fills the room, and it promises to be another glorious day at Thirsty Boots Farm (yesterday was 65 and today the weatherman promises 55). Life can't get much better than this, I think, but it did.

I received a phone call from a friend.

I begin with a history of our relationship. John and I met this couple through mutual friends years ago when we lived in Madison. We would see them at parties given our friends. Then a few years ago, we reconnected when we were all members at a small yacht club in Essex. The husband helped John who was then chair of the House Committee (supreme fixer-upper). We began to see more of them and discovered two truly wonderful people - humorous, kind, considerate, sensible. In them we discovered admirable strength, optimism and a sharing of same values. In short, friends with whom we enjoy spending time.

We saw them over Chirstmas. Knowing their love of Scotland, we wanted them to meet Julia and we invited them to the party we threw for her and all the friends she's met over the last 18 years she's been coming to Thirsty Boots. A great time was had by all.

So back to this morning. I'm not a phone person. I'll use it to convey a message or information but generally I am not a chatter. And yet this morning, I found myself enjoying a long conversation. After 15 minutes, we promised to call each other about a dinner date in a couple of weeks (after checking husbands' schedules).

I sit here now thinking about good friends...people you like and who, in turn, like you and how a simple call set the tone for my day. Little did she know what her call would do.

So thank you, friend. Time to pay it forward.

P.S. As I hung up, I received yet another phone call from a brother. I find I now have a bet on the Jets/Patriots playoff game this afternoon (what happens when you live halfway between New York and Boston). At 4:00, it's on the the more serious game and time to root for the Giants!


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