Shannon and Petra "Unlikely Friends"


Petra took her first selfie today. She didn't even know what a selfie was. She had so much fun, she blushed and giggled like a little girl. She's homeless successfully fighting alcoholism and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Some people don't understand how we could be friends, like we wouldn't have anything in common. Yesterday we talked about fashion, she had a cute top on, and of course the dreaded menopause, because we both have gained 15 pounds and are going through "the change".  We talked about hair style and color - she wants me to trim hers soon and advised me the color is "all natural". She is excited to get teeth again soon...dentures. We both complained a bit about how stubborn men can be, and swapped stories. Back to the selfie...she looked at it and said, "I look pretty. Will you send that to my mom in Las Vegas. I haven't seen her for a long time but I want her to see me pretty again." I get reminders like this daily - don't we all just want to be understood, loved and appreciated?

- By Shannon Bacon