Last night, Fitz and I had dinner with my friends Tracey and Melodie. They were so excited to get to meet Fitz and he was very well behaved through dinner, as usual. He drank his bottle, then promptly went back to sleep!
I met Tracey and Melodie in January of 2002 when I was an intern with our state legislature. I worked for two of our state senators. Melodie is the assistant to Senator Vivian Figures, who shared an office at that time with one of the senators I worked for. I do not know what I would have done without Melodie to keep me sane in that crazy office, because the assistant for the senator I worked for was...let's say...a different breed! Melodie took me under her wing and showed me the ropes, and I'm so glad she did.
Tracey is the Legislative Liaison for the Alabama State Department of Education. She came to several committee meetings that I got to be a part of with the senators I worked for, and we met that way. Legislative Interns have floor privileges, meaning we could go out on the senate floor while the senate was in session. When Tracey needed to communicate with a senator to give them information, I could help her out with that. Keep in mind that this was before texting, ha! Once I met Tracey, we bonded instantly and I pretty much stuck with her while I was "working".
I'm so glad we all kept in touch. We get together for each of our birthdays every year and usually at Christmas as well, and always have a great time! It is such a blessing to have wonderful girlfriends of all ages!
Another blessing happened during dinner that I would like to share with all of you. Our waiter was looking at Fitz, (but not in a weird way) and told me how adorable he is (duh). He told us that babies born with a cleft lip are special to him because his sister had a child with a cleft lip who also had other serious health problems. He told us that when the child was born, his sister's husband was unable to see the unique beauty of the child and left them. Can you believe that?!? The waiter moved in to help his sister and they lost the child at 4 months old. He said he just wanted to share that with us, and let us know that he thought Fitz was beautiful. I thought it was really sweet of him to share that with us!