And Now For Something Completely Different

I have a good friend who lives outside Jefferson City with her husband and two kids. We don’t see each other or talk often, but every time we do, I’m reminded of how refreshingly funny she is. She called last weekend when I was in St. Louis and I finally got to catch up with her this past weekend. She’s been a stay at home mom for many years, but has recently gone back to work. She passionately told me about her new job and told me she’d found her calling. As a funeral director. Seriously. Here’s someone I’ve known for years who has been an EMT, bodybuilder, telemarketer, mother and wife and she’s now working towards being a funeral director. The conversation was fascinating and I realized that she’s exactly the kind of person who should be doing this. She’s sympathetic, understanding, kind, professional and passionate. Everyone, regardless of what they do, should feel this way about their work. She said it was something that always interested her so she met with a director at a local funeral home to get information. Two hours later, the man was so impressed by her desire and passion he hired her on the spot and told her he’d train her. Next up, she’s going to learn embalming.

I just love how versatile and interesting my friends are! How many people can say they have a friend in the funeral business? Or that they have a friend who’s a fabulous belly dancer? How about a friend who’s their mom’s age? Or one who’s 15 years younger? Interesting people make for an interesting life.

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9 responses to “And Now For Something Completely Different

  1. Suzanne

    ….Cindy G.?…

  2. No, Susan Campbell. I met her when she did telemarketing for public television. Another one of those people in my life I didn’t like at first and became good friends with later.

  3. Cindy

    I do hope you’re kidding ….

  4. No, I’m not kidding. Susan is really working at a funeral home. She really loves it. She really feels like this is her calling. She really wants to learn embalming. Really.

  5. Cindy

    No — that she thought it might be me. I think the words “sympathetic, understanding and kind” are enough to rule me out!

  6. Well, Suzanne doesn’t know you as well as I do! I do find it funny to think of you in the funeral business.

  7. Deana

    I am glad to know I am not the only person you wanted to dislike when you met them!

  8. Actually, some of my best friends are people I initially disliked!

  9. Suzanne

    Cindy – no offense, I didn’t make sense to me when I read it !!!
    …and for some reason I was thinking you were in Jefferson City now. Sorry for the confusion.

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