She’s Baaaaack….

Yesterday evening, a tiny fist thudded against my front door and rattled it on its hinges, and I knew before I opened it that it was the little girl across the street (I mentioned her first in this post: New Friend). She has proven to be such a colorful character that she is being honored with a nickname for my blog: I will call her Rip, since she literally runs everywhere she goes, be it across the room or up the street.

She was standing on my porch with a crooked smile and a deck of cards, and she asked, “Are you in the middle of something? Do you wanna play cards?” I liked how she didn’t wait for an answer to the first question before extending the invitation to play. Rip pounced through the door and started whipping playing cards like a Vegas dealer, the entire game punctuated with her non-stop commentary and chatter, like “I am mighty grateful you did that” when I laid down a card she needed, and a satisfied giggle of glee as she swept all my cards over to her side of the table.

I started to suspect she was making up the game as we went, so I suggested, “Why don’t we play something I actually know how to play?” I got out the Memory game, and we got down to business, which involved her flipping over cards and exercising a memory like a elephant, while I beamed with pride at my 2 cards I earned in between her raking up cards, and then her exclaiming, “You don’t remember where anything is!”

Though my memory skills did not impress her, she chose to stay for 2 more rounds, and my cats eventually got brave enough to venture into the room to check out the newcomer. Tweetie was fixated by the beads in her braids, since they clicked together every time she moved her head, which was a lot. He was unabashedly staring at her when she tilted her head to him and asked, “Are you sitting there giving that grumpy look to me? Oh, no you didn’t!” Before I could hide my smile at that, she brushed a cat hair off the table and asked me, “So which one of the cats is losing all their hair?”

Later, while I was concentrating intently on where the other beach ball picture card was hidden, she asked me, “Where do you go every morning when you get up so early?” I told her, “To work,” and she looked surprised and said, “Oh! I thought you were in high school.”

I will immediately write a letter to Olay, whose moisturizer I use daily, to let them know that their product, according to testimony of a 9-year-old, has shaved 16 years off my appearance!

After she left, I sat wondering about her, since one of my past-times is wondering a lot and thinking too much, and I smiled and shrugged…I don’t know why two souls in this world collide, if there’s a purpose, or if she just needed someone. Or if I did.

About TheSmirkingCat

I am endlessly trying to make sense of a world that has completely and unapologetically lost its mind.
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12 Responses to She’s Baaaaack….

  1. Awesome! I love the honesty and temperment of kids. That’s awesome that you two found each other. 😉

  2. Ash says:

    Awwwwwwwwwww…. this entry is so cute!!! How old is Rip again? She ask questions in such a grown up manner! Anyway, it’s always good when people think you look younger than you are! He he he. Have a good week ahead, Lady M.

  3. Samantha says:

    Incredibly sweet!Her parents dont mind her coming over?

  4. furiousBall says:

    that’s sweet and awesome

  5. Smirking Cat says:

    She is 9 years old. I walked over and met her mom after the first time she came to my door. In this day and age, I don’t like her being inside the house much until we all know each other better, so we sat on the porch to play cards. She likes the swing on my porch anyway!

  6. Dijea says:

    OMG, you must feel awesome after that compliment. Kids really are honest, so I’m on my way to buy some Olay.

  7. ohiowagirl says:

    I love how kids just say exactly what they want without thinking about how it might sound to others! Pure innocence. I am thinking that perhaps you both needed a new friend. Enjoy it!

  8. Blueyd says:

    The timing of her entry into your life is certainly interesting.

  9. doggybreath says:

    I am glad the little girl came in to your life at this time–she needed a friend to play cards with and you needed a friend to take away some of the lonely time in your life. This happened for a purpose.doggybreath

  10. lyndaspix says:

    Wonderful! Isn’t it great how friends can take any form? They come in all ages, genders, and species (I count my pets as special friends). I love this post!

  11. kimberlina says:

    ahh!! she sounds so cute!! and seriously, what a great compliment! i hope to receive the same someday.

  12. Marmee says:

    I love your descriptive writing! Reading this, I had such wonderful visuals of the time you shared with Rip. I’m a fairly new reader to your blog, but this story is my favorite. And……I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. Rip knocking on your door that first day was no coincidence. Thanks for sharing!

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