Jimmy contacted me today. Out of the blue. He simply Googled my name and up came my website. He posted a comment on my profile blog and told me that a dear friend from my church in East Hartford, Connecticut (from nearly 29 years ago) wanted to get in touch with me. A flurry of memories rushed through my mind.
Jimmy. That darling darked-eyed boy who volunteered to lie on the floor in the fellowship hall with a styrofoam cup to his forehead. He let the youth members crack eggs and try to get them to land in the cup. What fun I recall with him. He use to be an absolute whiz with New England tag-sales (yardsales for the folks down here). His dad took him on scavenger hunts for all kinds of treasures to resell for profit. He was a great kid. He was sensitive, kind and just plain nice. I'm betting he has only gotten nicer.
Jimmy made sugar cookies for our fellowships and he gave me his recipe. I put it on an index card, entitled it, "Jimmy's Sugar Cookies" and used it again and again and again. Through the years, each time I took out that card it was a reminder to pray for Jimmy wherever he was. As I made those cookies I'd remember to pray for several others from that youth group. Florence, Stu, Debbie, Tim, Diane, Diana and more. During one of our moves, I lost Jimmy's recipe card. I tried dozens of recipes after that one. But they just never measured up to Jimmy's. It's funny though. Every time I'd eat another sugar cookie, purchase a sugar cookie, or see a sugar-cookie recipe in a magazine, I thought of Jimmy.
I'm grateful today that Jimmy contacted me. I'm grateful for Google and the internet. I'm glad I have a blog. I'm thrilled that I got to talk to my sister and friend, Sharon who'd asked Jimmy to see if he could find me. I zabasearched for her name and up came her address and phone number.
Amazing how connected we are in a world of disconnections, isn't it? I had a sweet walk down memory lane. A lane I hope to walk upon many times in the future. I'll tell you about Sharon another day. What a dear friend in Christ she is. And an artist, too. selahV