Occupy Life: Lunch Hour

Yesterday (right before I went crazy trying to read the scrawled handwriting of email addresses I was entering into an excel sheet), something glorious happened. Noon.

Yes, lunch time qualifies as glorious when it means quality bonding with a new friend and a respite from deciphering the illegible scrawls of half a city.

My friend came up to my cubicle, kind of a surprise attack from behind and it's like she hit the silly button! I guess entering data (literally) all morning long is kind of like sitting solitary in a tractor - except MUCH less interesting. Apparently, both have the same effect on me: I I get crazy. My friend didn't know what she was in for, but she took it with the swaggest of strides.

She's a cool cat, my friend - one of those people that carries wit on her hip like a gun in a cowboy's holster. You gotta be quick with her or she'll get clever and you'll be left in the conversational dust (something I don't enjoy). Needless to say, we hit it off.

She also beatboxes and I just happen to be looking for another white girl to beatbox for a white girl rapper I know (ahem).

Anyway, as we half danced/half moseyed our way to the car, we started freestyling a song... and then life started dancing in my fingers. There I was, claiming that beautiful lunch hour with a beautiful person, not willing that a moment of it would be wasted.

Just so happens, my friend's day was not going so hot. There's actually a lot of things that were legitimately bumming her out. I listened and let the bummers hang out with us, processed a bit, asked a few questions, and empathized. She was headed to her second job at a coffee shop after our lunch and wasn't too pumped about it. Sometimes bummers occupy space, too.

The cool thing is, we interspersed our bummin' out with laughter and lyrics and love. It was kind of like a "cloudy with a chance of rain" day where the sun is still shining. Have you witnessed one of those? The clouds are all pregnant with rainshower, but the sun is too stubborn to give in.

In the mix of this glorious noon hour, my friend told me (while smiling), "You are the weirdest person I've ever met!" I kind of laughed, but I wasn't that surprised. I mean, I've heard that before.

But, it was a first when she added awhile later, "Yeah, my biggest fear is being weird. I try to get people to think I'm funny before they think I'm weird." I laughed again. Apparently, she doesn't think my biggest fear is being weird, because I don't do much to cover it up.

Oh, goodness. I love life!

I jumped back into entering data with the zeal only someone fresh off a crazy lunch hour could muster. While I was at it, I hit up an amazing workshop on Women Teaching Women the Bible (via headphones, of course) by Jenny Salt while typing in addresses and phone numbers and re-learning the language of cursive. Boom. Afternoon: occupied.

I ended up happening to be "in the neighborhood" of my friend's coffee shop last night. Boom. Night: occupied.

God is so gracious! As we occupy space and time every day, God offers an INFINITE amount of joy to accompany us.

go ahead and let LOVE fly like cRaZy