The Faithful Friend of a Goose

Once again, Mother Goose must honk the praises of a very fine feathered friend. Michelle has been interested in me for such a long time — it’s almost scary to think about the years that have passed! When our middle children (Ben and Ellie) still had their long curly blonde baby hair, Michelle and I became BFF’s, and that was long before BFF’s were as common as they are nowadays.

Michelle and Mother Goose

She’s an incredible woman (as are all of the people who would consider a lifelong commitment to a goose), and she’s precious in so many ways. Let me count the ways right now, whilst I’m thinking of them:

1. Michelle is kind and thoughtful. She has helped me to pack up my kitchen more than once when I was moving. She has brought our family more meals than I can count and baked us more muffins than there are stars in the heavens. She writes me letters and sends them through the mail. She always remembers to ask about each of my goslings even though they are numerous.

2. Michelle is faithful. I know that Michelle is praying for Mother Goose. Perhaps she has even prayed life into me when I was feeling as droopy as a ragdoll. Her conversational prayers are not showy and all high-falutin’ and fancy like some churchy people — she talks to God wherever she is. She knows that He’s there too so we might as well talk to Him. Her husband was unemployed for more than a year, and Michelle never stopped believing that he’d get called back to his airplane mechanic job at United Airlines. Guess what? That’s where he is now!

3. Michelle is generous. Whenever I visit her, she gives! She gives hugs like they are going out of style. She gives whatever’s in her fridge or pantry. She gives little scraps of wisdom that she finds and saves just for me. She gives blankets, Fisher-Price kitchen sets, smiles and heart-to-hearts.

4. Michelle is brave. For as long as I’ve known her, Michelle has had ongoing troubles with bipolar disorder and needs to take various medications to stay stable. And like Mother Goose, she has a multiple sclerosis diagnosis on a medical chart somewhere in some neurologist’s office. Her migraine headaches are relentless in their attack, and sometimes her hands tremble. But does she ever complain about these ailments? No. Never. Not once. She takes it all in stride, trusting that tomorrow will be better.

If Mother Goose was to identify Michelle as a certain type of bird, I would call her a Purple Finch. She’s lovely and sociable with such a pretty song to sing. When we were neighbors in Carol Stream, I would enjoy hours of listening pleasure with the finches AND with Michelle. I pray all sorts of blessings on her today and everyday!

My finch of a friend, Michelle.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jeff noel
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 08:43:02

    Stunningly beautiful tribute.

    Reply

    • Natalie
      Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:46:36

      Jeff, thanks very much! She’s so dear — we used to live four minutes apart, and now that we are 40 minutes apart, I miss her multi-weekly drop ins for tea and prayers.

      Reply

  2. Bunn
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 15:41:11

    Ooohhh that’s sooo sweet!

    Reply

  3. Roberta
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 21:45:25

    You are both blessed to have each other..

    Reply

  4. Three Well Beings
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 22:56:31

    What a lovely friend. The qualities you describe in Michelle are absolutely wonderful attributes. I feel good just to have read this! How lovely to actually have such a faithful, praying friend! 🙂

    Reply

  5. eof737
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 02:40:15

    How wonderful. Blessings to Michelle and to you too! Great tribute. 😉

    Reply

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