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Mrs. B
May 23, 2009

It is my belief that if we are living the life we’re meant to live, caring for ourselves so others don’t have to, nurturing our God-given spirit, we receive gifts from the universe. And so came my gift of yesterday.

I was taking my power walk in the neighborhood when around the corner came this tiny, elderly woman shuffling along with the aid of a cane. Her face broke into a full smile as we made eye contact. I’ve seen her walking before but wasn’t sure where she lived or who she was, so I stopped and inquired. She treated me to a quick history. Having grown up just one street over, her father had moved the family to a farm and she eventually bought the little house in which she now lives. She explained, “farm life is okay if that’s you, but it’s not for me, so I bought this little house up here and I’ve lived there ever since.” She continued proudly, “I’m eighty-seven and a half years old tomorrow.” She was just plain cute, dressed ever so tidy, maybe weighing in at 85 pounds, wore pink lipstick, and had perfectly coiffed beauty shop hair.

I told her where I lived and that I was a teacher but not working this semester. She lit up. “Are you an IU grad?”

She announced with pride that she held a doctorate in education from Indiana University and continued, “I was an assistant principal when women weren’t principals.” We enjoyed quite the chat and I offered to walk with her the rest of the way. “I’ll be fine,” she said. “I’m almost home.” I marveled at this frail, but spunky lady and loving our conversation, asked permission to drop by and see her some time. “I’d love it,” she said, “but call me first. I’m in the book.” And off she went.

I vowed to make Mrs. B my new friend.

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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

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“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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