“How are you, Rhema?” April asked as we waited for our orders in one of our favorite restaurants.
I have waited for this moment. These awesome dinners that bind us together.
This time, we were not complete, as it used to be. So many changes have occurred these past months individually, and we have missed heart-to-heart talks outside work. For most days, we’d go separately at the end of the day. I myself try to catch up my beauty rest, for I have been too exhausted by staying up late after work.
But most of the time, I felt quite lonely. My body refreshed but my soul drained. Maybe, simply I had no one to talk with after stressful encounters by the day.
But this Friday, I stayed quite long in the newsroom even after the taping. Oh, yes, just like those good ol’ days.
And all of us left the office altogether. But that’s not the end of the episode.
April, Shiela, and I soon found each other sitting in that memorable hang-out. We missed our other friends, as they had other commitments that night.
When our pastas were placed on our table, I continued talking that I was being OK at work and all those “normal” encounters in the office.
“Shiela, taping’s over! The Friday mode is on!” 😀
April prompted me to be more detailed…more on “heart issues” she said. I smiled, trying to patch up pieces from long forgotten episodes and qualms on another person who had been linked to me, and how I learned that I should not hope too much on these cases. Then April and Shiela shared their thoughts, their feelings, and their hearts.
Once again, we were being ourselves. No talk of politics and hard core issues. Just love and friendship.
And these are the things I always look forward to. To be with the people to love me as I am.
Somehow, I felt we rekindled friendship. There’s no reporter, no PA, no researcher at that time. It was just us. All that was laid down was really ourselves. I slowed down eating, so to spend more time with these two precious people, even though time was too short. Once again, I got to know them more, and they got to know me, too.
I got home too late that Friday night but I did not mind (and so did my mom :P). This night had me feeling fulfilled. I’m looking forward for another dinner and for sure that would be very soon! 😀