Monday, June 24, 2013
The Blue Glass Box
The trip from Turku, Finland to San Francisco, California took almost 24 hours.
I met Ziva several years ago when I discovered her blog, "Ziva's Inferno". I was dazzled by her intellect and her writing talent. Ziva has almost a magical quality to her rhetoric as well as a wicked sense of humor. She's sophisticated, witty, and sometimes a little bit naughty. What's not to like!
I knew Ziva's (then) partner "M" traveled to the US on business once in a while, and I begged Ziva to make the trip with him.
I was thrilled and shocked when I got an email from Ziva saying she would be in San Francisco a couple of days ago. We set a date for Sunday evening to have dinner. Alex and I both decided to bring Ziva and M here to our home, rather than just meeting them in the City at a Bistro. (When I'm traveling, I get very tired of dining out and long for something "home cooked".) Alex decided he would make his famous Shrimp Creole for dinner and I would contribute a wilted spinach salad. (And, of course, chocolate torte for dessert!)
We drove to the City to pick Ziva and M up at their downtown hotel. They were waiting for us out front when we arrived. I was thrilled to finally meet this gorgeous young woman and her now husband M. By the way, they are both exquisitely beautiful and they make a perfect couple! M is auburn haired with sparkly eyes and a wonderful smile. Ziva has almost waist -ength shiny tresses and looks like a movie star with a smile that makes your heart lurch! Wow!
Before I met Ziva, I never really thought about Finland one way or the other. Now I'm wondering how soon I could get there! We had a fantastic evening and the dinner was lovely. I was delighted that both Ziva and M are 'dog friendly' and Zoe had an almost pathological penchant for Ziva. We had to push Zoe away several times to keep her from showing so much sloppy affection to Ziva.
Unfortunately, the evening had to come to a close much too early. Alex had to work this morning so we took Ziva and M back to their hotel about 9:30 so that Alex could get some sleep. Before they left, Ziva gave me a gorgeous blue glass box. It really is a special piece. I knew immediately that I wanted to put my pearls in that gorgeous blue box. Now I have one place to go for two of my most precious "things".
Not to be remiss, I must add that Ziva and M also brought us little boxes of wonderful Finnish candy. Now, I had heard from a number of well respected sources that this Fin candy was "different". I actually liked it!
After leaving the couple off at their hotel, I had tears in my eyes. I hate it when people I love leave me. I know they'll be back one day, but it hurts none the less. We had given M a bobble head doll of Ryan Vogelsong (a San Francisco Giant's pitcher), and a big plastic bag of plums that had just been picked off our plum tree. I wish I could have given them the ability to stay with us for a longer time.
Alas, with Ziva, a longer time would never be enough. She's the kind of girl you can never let go of completely. The glow of her is still in my heart and always will be.