[Author's Note: This is the final installment of "Friendship is Like Outback Steakhouse". It is very important that you read the intro and Parts I through X in order before reading this part].
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It is Monday, June 19, 2006, and Grandmother Pearl and I are riding home from my Aunt Tana's house. We had dinner there: smothered round steak, mashed potatoes, purple-hulled peas, and watermelon-good down-home redneck food.
Grandmother Pearl decides to turn at the Bossier Federal Credit Union on to Village Lane. We pass the Outback Steakhouse next door, and I think of the jingle. I also think of Joseph, Maxwell, and Richard. I think of Joseph, my first friend of a different status; I think of Maxwell who cares and so badly wants to come out of his bashful hiding place, and I think of Richard, my itinerant who shall return and won't leave before I see him at least once more.
And thinking of all of this makes me think of friendship, and what I know now as the way that friendship works: No rules, just right!
*An authentic literary treat by ArsPoet2789ica.*
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."-Jeremiah 33:3, King James Version
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."-Psalm 119:105, New Living Translation
The present and future are not about who you were in the past-rather, they are about who you are and who you will become.
"Writing is truly glorious in that an author can put on paper the words that fear denies the voice to speak."-from my short story, "Set Free"
"...What you feel is what you are;
What you are is beautiful..."
-from "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls
Life surprises you! And I'm talking about the good stuff, because a bad surprise is not a surprise at all, it is just shock and horror. All of these good surprises, they are rewards, and the things that happen to remind you that you matter and that you should make yourself faithful so that you can be deserving of all of life's good surprises. Every wonderful surprise in life is a chance to flourish, so grab life by the horns-but don't ride, steer instead: life's horns are life's joystick. You can handle it, because your life's horns are made especially for you. If you don't give up, all of this will hold true and life will continue to surprise you.
Aubri, a. k. a. "Leopard Lady"