Saturday, February 18, 2012

If Only I Had the Nerve to Have a Body Like That

     Remember the old saying, There's one in every crowd?    Well, in my group of friends, we definitely have that one.   The one that is the center of attention, the life of the party, a bundle of energy and loved by everyone who knows her.  She never meets a stranger and has a heart of pure gold.  No matter what we are doing she can always make us laugh and always make us feel loved.  She is the heart and soul of our circle.  Her name is Brenda.

     Brenda is experiencing a rough time right now, dealing with excruciating pain.  She is facing knee surgery but won't know for a few more days just when and how extensive.   Now it is my turn to hopefully make her laugh.  This story is not only about her, it is dedicated to her.

     As I mentioned earlier, Brenda never meets a stranger and loves to get a laugh.  And, as she herself will tell you, she has more nerve than a bad tooth.  If you don't believe me now, you will by the time you finish reading this post.  Let me show you what I mean:
                                                                                     
 



                                                                                
"Brenda the Bod"                                   

 






     "Eat your heart out girls"








     This is the bathing suit cover-up we bought for Brenda in St. Maarten.    Now, me personally, I wouldn't have the nerve to wear it in public, but for Brenda it was perfect.  She loved it, and not only did she love it, but it soon became the "must see" talk of the whole cruise ship.   She wore it everywhere and everywhere got the same reaction.  She was the hit of the week.  People loved the cover-up and loved her.   

     Brenda has one of those charismatic type personalities that draws people to her wherever she goes, without any props.  But give her something that draws this much attention and she is really the belle of the ball.
      Women, as well as men, all over the ship stopped her to tell her how cute her cover-up was.  They would engage her in conversation and soon she had new friends from every region of the world.   Strange men would come up to her and want their picture taken with her.  In some instances the photographer was the man's wife, who loved it!

     One morning we decided to go to the main dining room for breakfast, knowing there was a dress code.  Usually we only went there at night for dinner.  Libby and I had already gone in so we missed what happened at the door.  Brenda had on her cover-up with white capris under it.  Kelly had on a cover up too with her bathing suit underneath.  Unfortunately, Kelly's cover-up was crocheted so you could see her suit through the holes.  They wouldn't let her in but would let Brenda in with her "shapely body".  Kelly couldn't believe it.  They went elsewhere for breakfast.

     Brenda and Kelly went up to the Windjammer buffet.  Now, this isn't just a small buffet, but instead has various buffets in a circle about the size of a football field.  Somehow, they went different directions and after getting her food, Brenda couldn't find Kelly.   If you remember, I said Brenda never sees a stranger, so, not wanting to eat alone she picked out a nice looking couple and proceeded to sit down with them.  She introduced herself and struck up a conversation.  Inevitably the discussion came around to her cover-up and she told them all the stories of fun and laughter she had had because of it.  She made some new friends from Russia.


     Brenda is a special lady and we all love her very much.  We pray that she will soon be out of pain and feeling like being our life of the party once again.  Until then, maybe we can make her laugh just a little.



Until next time...that's my view.

Kat









18 comments:

  1. As a very shy person, I really envy people who are that friendly and outgoing with people they don't (yet) know! I hope she's able to get some resolution to her pain issues very soon.

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    1. Thank you Dawn. I've often wished I could be as uninhibited as she is but that's just not me. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. Bless her heart. My prayers are with her. It is no fun dealing with pain. She sounds like a wonderful person. This was a wonderful tribute to her friend. I love every picture and how she lights up the space.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I appreciate your prayers and I know Brenda would too. She is a wonderful person and I am very blessed to have her as a friend.

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  3. We all need a Brenda in our lives - I know I do! She sounds wonderful. Sending good vibes for a speedy recovery.

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    1. Yes, Marlia, everyone needs a Brenda. She is a great friend in every way. She will appreciate your concern.

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  4. I love the Brendas of the world! I wish we could bottle their magic. Great post!

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    1. Wouldn't that be wonderful. I would love to be more like her, but will never be. She is a great friend.

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  5. I have only known three "Brendas" in my life. That kind of personality is rare and special. So glad you know her, and thank you for sharing these pictures! They made me smile.

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    1. I hope you still have one of them in your life. We all need a Brenda. I'm glad I could make you smile.

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  6. Ah, Brenda seems like an amazing person. Thank you for sharing her a bit with us. :)

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    1. Yes, Maren, she is. I hope you have a Brenda in your life. She is the best friend in the world.

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  7. What a heartfelt, wonderful tribute to a dear friend! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Maria. She truly is my best friend. Thank you for your kind comment. Cheers to you and thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Great write-up of your dear friend Brenda. Good luck to her on her upcoming surgery...I am one of your new followers and am looking forward to more of your postings. Greetings from Indiana, Heidi

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    1. Thank you Heidi for stopping by. I appreciate your comments and I know Brenda will appreciate your good wishes. What part of Indiana do you live? I grew up in southern Indiana.

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  9. From what you describe,Brenda will up and around, painting smiles on faces of countless people!
    Some people are born with a vision that the world is empty canvas in need of smiling faces, their sense of humor is their paintbrush and their warmth is their pallette.
    Thank You for sharing Brenda with us all! Please pass her my flirting whistle! Marc :)

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    1. Thank you Mark, that is a beautiful description of Brenda. She definitely is an artist when it comes to painting smiles. I will pass your flirting along...she will love it! Thanks! :D)

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