Tuesday, August 18, 2009

~~ A Dixie-'land' GOTCHA!!! ~~




There are people that come & go in your life ...

For years now I have been friends with Dixie, via ebay bump-in. The bond continued to grow slowly & firmly over time ... a couple years ago Dixie mentioned her 'annual' gathering of family & friends ... I joked about 'popping over'. Same last year & Dixie really wanted us to come.

This year Dixie insisted & actually sent an invite. We giggled that she must think we 'needed' one. In the spring I had mentioned that one day we may just 'pop in' ... she asked for a bit of a warning & finally I (with crossed fingers & toes) said 'sure'. She wrote back she knew I was 'lying' ... we got a laugh from her, she knows me TOO well.

We had decided we would take our trek for the summer & go to her party to meet her. Prior to this weekend, Dixie wrote several 'come on down' notes ... I, again with fingers & toes crossed' lied ... I was sure she wouldn't recognize me with the new hair-do, etc.

I decided when we arrived I would be a florist delivering flowers to Ms. Dixie. We bought a gorgeous bouquet of flowers with 3 red roses added to represent our Lord, friendship & love.

As we approached the driveway Bill came up to the car to direct parking. I asked, 'are you Dixie's husband?' Bill said he was. I said, 'I am Marydon Ford ....' Bill slapped his hand over his mouth in surprise ... I continued, 'I am here to surprise Dixie'. Bill assured me she would be surprised. I told him what I was going to do. He directed me to her.

I walked over with the flowers ... Dixie gave us the funniest look & said 'do I know you?' 'I am a florist delivery person with flowers for Dixie'. 'I am Dixie', she stated as I handed her the flowers. Dixie took the flowers ... I gave her this weird look & said 'don't I get a tip?' Dixie said, 'a tip?' 'Well, yes, for delivering you the flowers', I said. Totally flustered by now, Dixie reached for her pocket, as she is flabbergasted over where the flowers came from. 'I don't have any money!, she said. I said 'I think I deserve a tip, don't you?' This caught her totally off guard & she turned to Bill & said 'give her some money for her tip.' I leaned back up against the tent pole nearly busting a gut laughing inwardly ... Dixie said she couldn't 'imagine who was sending her flowers'. I reached over & tapped the card & said, 'read the card'. She put the flowers down, opened the card, read my note ... and then she LOST IT!!! It was hysterical. Then came the tears ... hugs .......

Well, after things settled down, the next thing Dixie said was 'was Harold really injured?' Oh, do I know my Dixie! We showed her the bandaged stitched injury.

This is a wonderful forever life friendship cemented ... Bill & Dixie are wonderful, their family was truly enjoyed ...the party was great ... the food was dee-lish!!! The band is her children, gr-children who play professionally... if you look very closely there is a little tiny girl in pink
(great-gr-dau) that brought out her little 'guitar' & she sang with the band ... she was adorably precious tapping her feet & belting out the song as she strummed.

GOTCHA!!! Dixie ... forever & ever ............... Love you! Marydon & Harold

PS Dixie lives at the bottom of WV & we live in northern MD.

35 comments:

  1. Marydon, sounds like you had a wonderful time with your friend. Winona

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  2. That's a good one. Loved it!!

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  3. I've never been able to surprise anyone that good, lol.

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  4. Good morning Marydon,
    What a wonderful, sweet friendship story..Don't you totally feel the Lord has his almighty hand on our friends and who we connect with..How wonderful !! The surprise..PERFECT !! So glad you've been blessed with her !! God is good !!
    hugs to you ~tea~xo

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  5. Hi Marydon :)

    That's so funny and so sweet! I'm so glad you were able to finally meet :)

    rue

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  6. Oh Marydon, what fun! I could never come up with anything that good. I am so glad you two got to meet. Do you live very far from each other? You will definitely be friends for life now!!
    Blessings~

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  7. PS I put your "art of discretion" quote on my outgoing email. I get foot in mouth syndrome sometimes so I need to remember that one!
    Hugs~

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  8. I don't know how you managed to keep a straight face through that, but it certainly sounds like you're a good jokester.
    Glad you two met.

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  9. What a fabulous story of friendship and fun! Here's a memory you'll all cherish forever! Wish I could have been a little bird on a fence watching and waiting for the BIG surprise! (That was quite a long trip you took to meet your friend! Awesome!)

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  10. Gotta love those moments!

    Blessings,

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  11. Marydon...I love your story. I'm happy you met your sweet friend Dixie...you are both blessed to have such a wonderful friendship...hugs, Linda

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  12. This is the sweetest story I have heard in a long time. You played it perfectly. Poor Dixie, you had her going there for a minute. What a memory that will never be forgotten.
    Hugs ~Sue (Susan)
    P.S. My friends and family call me Sue. I started out with Susan in my blogs because I am so use to that from work. I guess its the professional work side of me since I work with the Courts. For whatever reason I just continued with that in my blog. But the truth you are all my friends. ;-)

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  13. What a wonderful story...I would have loved to see you two "meeting" for the first time...I hope to do that with some of the wonderful friends I've made here in blogland...so happy for you and Dixie! Have a great week!

    Mary

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  14. Hi again, Marydon..I just saw that you visited my blog, and have been in contact with Debbie. I am so grieved over Amy, as so many of us are, and praying for a really big miracle...total healing. These sweet gals, Debbie and Sherry, are remarkable...I would so love to be by their side and praying in person. Glad you are able to talk to them personally...I think that gives them comfort and hope. We have to have hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know! Mary

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  15. Well Marydon...I live in Atlanta. See you soon..

    Pat

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  16. I sooooooooooo loved this! Absolutely hysterical! You go girl! If you ever come to Oklahoma you better tell me. Best you find me in my PJ Pants and my hubby's trust gray T-Shirt!

    My Miss K told me yesterday I looked prettier with make-up on!

    LOL

    I'm glad your trip was WONDERFUL!

    xoRebecca

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  17. This sounds so wonderful!!! What a great surprise! Love the pictures!!!

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  18. I LOVE this story! What fun and a wonderful forvever friend.
    Kelley

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  19. Marydon, what a wonderful story! That would of been so fun to see! What a great surprise for her. Have a great week! Traci

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  20. Luv it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. I love it! What a great surprise..;p

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  22. What a wonderful story. Have made some lifetime friends through my internet contacts and it is a great blessing!

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  23. You are a sneaky one! I am sure she was so excited to see you and her party sounds like it was wonderful!

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  24. What a wonderful time with a dear friend!
    Micki

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  25. That was just the "best story"!!! Laughed and enjoyed the "planning and surprise" of it all

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  26. Good Morning Marydon! I wanted to say "Hi" and thank you for stopping by, but now I want to add "What a fabulous post!" This was really a pleasure to read! ~tina

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  27. My other comment didn't go through, MD!

    The hair ribbon in K's hair is from the bag of pretties you sent me! I sent tons of stuff with our SarahGirl to school and have things set aside for K's teacher, too!

    YOU ARE SOOOO GENEROUS my friend. Thank you again so much.

    No feedsacks but I'm watching out for you! I OWE YOU BIG TIME!

    Blessings for a lovely day.

    xoRebecca

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  28. Hello, Marydon,
    What a wonderful story of friends being united! I love the way you surprised Dixie with the bouquet of flowers. Thanks for coming by to visit me at Bunny Cottage. Have a good rest of the week. Vicki

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  29. This was such a wonderful story of two friends. What a fun day for you and her. Sweet memories of the day will no doubt be in your hearts forever.

    Iris

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  30. Oh PB!
    I absolutely love the pictures and story that you wrote behind the invite to see Dixie. How wonderful is that? I know she was so happy to see you, but I sure bet she wasn't expecting a delivery of flowers and then the request for a tip? Oh PB you are a hoot. How cute? Now you couldn't pull that over on me, as I would recognize you right off. Thanks for sharing sweetie. I love you, CJ

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  31. What a wonderful and funny story!!
    :-)

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  32. This is the cutest story ever!!! I laughed and cried! One of those "can only do once to this person" LOL!!! Can't sneak up on her anymore!!!!

    Love those friendships!

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