I gotta tell you, this is one of my favorite sayings. Only really Twist could understand why. They used to say it in Yoga school. I might have talked about this before, long ago, no one remembers, but Twist and I did a little stint in Yoga school up in Chelsea in NYC. We went every weekend for 14 weekends. It was hard on our husbands, working and having smaller children but somehow we all made it through. Twist and I were a little older than most of them. We were also a little more jaded. If you can believe that. All New Yorkers and the two mom's from the suburbs of Philly were the biggest a -holes. You know Twist, I say that with only Great Love In My Heart.
I think "great love in my heart," is the same thing as when Southerners say, "Bless your heart," could I be right Lula? All our New York counter parts would say it when they were saying something that wasn't all that kind. It became one of (the many) favorite tag lines that came out of our whole experience. Because I'm going to tell you what, I laughed my ass off every weekend for three months with Twist. I still laugh when I think about it.
So... with great love in my heart, I am going to tell you something. You all probably know this, but it's what I've got tonight. When things seem at there most difficult, when your "moment of grace," is not quite staring you in the face, when the weather seems Spring and then Winter in one fell swoop, when your dog smells like a skunk, when you can't quite believe what you know, when any number of things that might bring the room down happen, all I have to do, even if it's for a second is think of things that I can tag line, "With great love in my heart," and I will laugh. I will get the hugest smile on my face and think back to that yoga room for 8 hour stretches looking into the very twinkly eyes of my true friend and just smile. Because a true friend is worth more than anything I could ever dream up.