My friendship with KT had an ominous beginning. I first introduced myself to her in our local minimart; she was the was the new Mrs. Goodyear. We exchanged pleasantries. When I told her I was from California, she replied, “You look like you are from California.”
I pondered that statement for about a year.
And then we became friends because of a) all our mutual friends b) our mutual love of reading c) our mutual bible banging (albeit separately) and d) our mutual affinity for American politics and current events. Ooops, forgot our mutual love of e) shopping.
Last week I received another care package from KT. This was really bold of her, considering what happened with her last packages to me. Persistent, she is. Inside were Valentine’s Day goodies. The package was mailed by the USPS on March 2 and arrived in 6 days. No customs agents were involved. I did not have to go to the airport to retrieve it. It came straight to my door and I happened to be home. Shocker!
Amongst the items was a heart shaped spatula. As I went to put it in the dishwasher, I pulled off the tag describing the item as a “Specialty Turner”. I laughed so, so hard, all to myself.
Because, of course, that is what KT is: A Specialty Turner. (If you are not getting this folks, read between the lines).
Care packages, I believe, are her special mission. Who else sends my family care packages? No one else! Who else is willing to give foreign postal systems a second chance? No one else! Who knows just what makes an expat princess and her family wildly happy? KT!
KT is a genuinely thoughtful person. She is an excellent homemaker, mother, wife, daughter, sister. Her house is organized, clean, full of fascinating items from her travels. She herself is just like her house: impeccable, well-accessorized, comfy. Anyone who knows KT aspires to her level of domesticity, efficiency, intelligence, and steadfastness. Plus, she is a good storyteller.
Today is a milestone (I won’t say which one) birthday for KT, a native Minnesotan. She was the reason I thought I could hack it in China and I know that, one day, when I hang up my own expat princess tiara I will be able to hack it in the wilds of Ohio, where KT lives. One day, maybe, I will look like I come from Ohio (I like holiday sweaters). I should be so lucky.
Minnesota Quiz (without Googling):
1) what is the state flower?
2) what is the state bird?
3) Minnesota is the “Land of ….”
I know all these things because my father is from Minnesota!