I moved to the small town of Grove, Oklahoma in 1977. I was married to a man named George at the time. We had just moved from the DC area where George was a Captain in the Army.
I can say — my life was different from how it is now. Really, really different.
The best part of this move, was my good fortune of needing to go to the local laundry mat.
I was loading up the machine, and noticed woman my age, wrapping up her weekly laundry chore. She started the conversation.
“Are you new here?”
“Yup, just moved in a couple of days ago.”
“Do you have kids?”
“Do you smoke pot?”
“My name is Sandie.”
“What would you had said if I had answered differently?”
“I would have just left – I have too many friends with children and not enough that get high, why don’t you come by sometime.”
She folded her laundry and left.
I finished up my laundry and drove to her house.
We’ve been best friends for 40 years now.