Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Post Office Antics - and a Prayer Request

My friend Cheryl just found out she has a brain tumor.

Yesterday, I was at the post office counter, securing an “overflow” mail box to accommodate my massive amounts of mail. The line waiting for service numbers about 30 people. My banker friend Cheryl sidles up to me, and gives me a hug. Then, she turns to my post office clerk. This is how it went down.

Cheryl: Hi, Paul(BTW, those who really know him, like me, call him Johnny)! I have a brain tumor, and I can’t drive. I left my keys at home, can you get my mail out of my box while you're helping Janie?

Johnny: I have to finish helping Janie first.

Johnny finishes with me, goes to get my new box keys, then comes back. Asks Cheryl for her ID.

Cheryl: Oh, I don’t have my ID with me. But Janie can verify I’m who I am.

Janie: She really is Cheryl (last name). She’s a VP at (local firm).

He writes all this down. Asks her for her drivers liscense number. Date of birth. She starts rattling off numbers. I stop them. She must be on some major meds, because I know she knows better.

Janie: Girl, if you give out any more info, all these people that are listening will have all the info to steal your identity. You’d better stop.

Janie, turning back to Johnny: And, Johnny, she really does have a brain tumor.

He looks at us, grinning. It hits me. How many people come in there and say that kind of stuff? Rattle off excuses like that?? I bet quite a few.

Janie: No, really. She does.

Johnny finally decides to believe us. He goes to get her mail. And then I turn to Cheryl, laughing and hugging her.

Janie: How long you gonna ride this brain tumor train, chica?

Cheryl: Oh, about a week. My surgery’s scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.

We both crack up. I look around, realizing we could be the impetus for a riot. People going postal, as it were. This chick just line-jumped 30 people. I realize the ones that can hear our conversation are smiling – they’ve figured out Cheryl is telling the truth.

So. When you think of Cheryl, laugh – because laughter is super sweet at a time like this.

And Cheryl, her family and I? We covet your prayers.


Anonymous said...

Thinking of Cheryl... and you. Hope her surgery goes well and that her life will return to normal. Take care!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Wunderwoman said...

I hope all goes well with her surgery. I'll pray for her;)

Michelle said...

I will pray and think of your friend Cheryl to have a full recovery and be 100% healthy!!!

She will you know!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Damn, at least she has a sense of humor..I pray thet it all turns out well:)

jill jill bo bill said...

wow. Definitely will be praying!!!!

Cactus Jack Splash said...

We will be praying here.
Take care of yourself

Karen said...

You are so right. A sense of humor can work miracles. Good luck to her.

amelia bedelia said...

wow. and still has a sense of humor. what a great person.

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

I'll be thinking of your friend.... I'd line jump, too, if I had surgery scheduled for the next day!!

A. K. said...

Wishing your friend get well soon

Anonymous said...

I'll send positive vibes her way.

So glad she still has her sense of humor.

Travis Erwin said...

I'll be sending Cheryl good vibes.

TexasRed said...

Definitely be praying for her. Glad she can have such a good attitude.

Vodka Mom said...

wow. that is incredible. I am saying a PRAYER right now.

And, when I am on death's door- I am SO calling you.

Jeanne said...

Prayers? She's got 'em.

And a few for you -- you've been having a rough time on the friend front lately.

Junosmom said...

Janie, she has two thirds of the formula down: good friends and humor. I'll pray for the third part: steady hands of and a good day for the doctor.

Shauna said...

For sure praying! Thanks for being such a sweet friend! ♥ Hugs :)

Eudae-Mamia said...

Tons of prayers for Cheryl, and for you.

Megryansmom said...

Prayers for you and your friend. She has a great attitude, hope her surgery goes well.

Captain Dumbass said...

Good luck, Cheryl.

i beati said...

many prayers Sandy

Stu Pidasso said...

IT'S NOT A TUMOR!! I just grew a twin evil brain that makes me jump lines and reveal fake identity stealing information (suckers!!) to complete strangers. And.....and....and.....well, Johnny can tell you the rest. You got my prayers, because they are free!!

SSP said...

aw man, i will hold a place in line for cheryl to come jump anytime!!

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