Tuesday, 23 April 2019

My Anna Madrigal



I think all of us have our very own Anna Madrigal, especially when we have played at being our own Mary Ann Singleton  in The Tales of [ our very own ] City 

My " Mrs Madrigal " is a man ....a wisecracking, verbose and delightfully arch man of a certain well kept age who has the hips of a snake, and the tongue of Eve Arden

We have been friends for two decades and I love him deeply.

I needed him today, and with a gap of a hundred and three miles, our own busy lives and a serious illness between us he rang me on spec with a sassy diatribe, some common sense  and a warmth that almost made me weep.

Thank you for today bel-ami, your timing was impeccable !!!!
I love you man x




56 comments:

  1. Well that's good then, isn't it?

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  2. A special friend is a true gift.

    Mine has been my bestie for nearly 50 years. She's a phone call away and will travel 1200km if needed. As I would for her.

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    1. I am lucky he is one of a few special people x

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  3. Thsts ehat besties r for John. Hugs Tricia x

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  4. These are the kind of friends and mentors who get us through life. Blessings upon them!

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  5. Yes. We all need an Anna Madrigal. I can't imagine life without mine.

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  6. I lost my bestie two short months ago, forty seven years of knowing each other inside out, and life is not the same :(
    Happy you are there for each other, it's a blessing.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  7. I wish I have my own Anna Madrigal too. ;)

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    1. You can have mine but only for an hour or two

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  8. He sounds like the very best of friends ♥️

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  9. He sounds like a blast, just the kind of friend everyone needs.

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  10. I'm trying to rememeber the all sort of ersatz Anna Madrigals I had when I first moved to San Francisco. It's so loooong ago, but I know I had fairy godmothers/godfathers shepherding me on my young way as I made mistake after mistake in the name of love/lust.

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  11. You are blessed to have such a friend.

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  12. A best friend is one of the greatest gifts to have. They don’t have to love you because you are related; they just love you because you are you.

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  13. A friend in need, is a friend indeed, and it doesn’t hurt that he is cute.

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    1. He'll bloody love that comment

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    2. I'll take cute!

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    3. Anonymous9:03 am

      Gosh, yes, he's absolutely gorgeous!
      On a different note, I hope he'll be better soon. Speedy recovery!

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  14. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life...ok I stole that from a cross stitch picture, and I have had some wine. I have three such wonderful people in my life. None of them live nearby, but we keep in touch and can pick up where we left off at the drop of a hat. Cheers to Bel-ami and your wonderful self John! Barb from Canada

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  15. Ohh
    A witty and handsome redhead? Bonus!
    Good friends are such an asset!
    And you gave me Tales of the City fever. It's coming back, you know? They're gonna catch where the last Tales left...

    XOXO

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    1. Handsome? This just gets better and better...

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  16. Barbara Anne1:05 am

    Nothing beats a friend who is tuned in to your wave-length even when 103 miles away and calls you at just the right time with the right words. Money cannot buy or rent such a friend.

    Wishing you both well!

    Hugs!

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  17. But are you his Michael Tolliver?

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  18. Anonymous2:07 am

    Do you boomers realize how universally hated you are? There is not one single demographic that does not hate you- white people, black people, asians, mexicans, indians, chinese, millennials, GenX, GenZ. Something tells me that you boomers are not going to have a very comfortable or easy retirement, especially once you end up in the retirement homes.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Run back under your rock, you sad little thing. We boomers are the reason you even exist. I have something extremely crude I really want to say to you, but I must consider the source and just have a good laugh at you.

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    2. Just that spam comment again that is making the rounds!

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    3. An incoherent post, because if every single 'demographic' hates boomers, that must include boomers. There is nobody outside every single "demographic" to hate.

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  19. I saw my best friend of 54 years today for lunch. My family moved into the house across the street from hers when we were in 3rd grade. I have other wonderful friends, but Debbie has been there through it all and we have a special bond. We know things about each other that no one else knows - not husbands, not children. What a blessing!
    I wish we lived closer. Thank goodness for unlimited minutes.

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  20. Good friends beat good enemies any day.

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  21. Well, I want to say thank you to Bel-Ami too. So many of us would like to help John and can't, so I'm thankful for those who can do more than leave wishes in the comments.

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  22. It's been just over two years ago that I lost my BFF of 51 years. He was 14 and I was 12 when we met. I think I miss him more than than my beloved husband.

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  23. My best friend is someone I could tell absolutely anything - she wouldn't judge me or be shocked, and she'd manage to make me laugh as well. I hope I am sometimes her Anna Madrigal too.

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  24. I've known my very good friend for over 30 years. We're godmothers to each other's children and we see each other nearly every week.
    Your friend, John, has impeccable timing. Hope he made you feel happier :)

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  25. I am so pleased that you have this special precious friend. My bestie and I met as five year olds and are both now sixty two. She is my rock.We have the same sense of humour and pretty well know what each other is thinking. I can't count the times she has stopped my world from falling apart.We have been through joy and pain together over the years.She is hopefully coming for a visit soon which is the best tonic ever. This birthday we picked and sent each other the same card how's that for knowing each other so well. I am pleased that you have this great friend. I hope Winnie and Albert are reconciled.Hugs all round.

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  26. I went out to dinner with a friend this evening I have known for 26 years although we mix with another group of friends and go out often on short road trips we enjoy going out just the two of us because we can talk about anything and it won't go any further and we all need that kind of friendship to see us through.
    Glad that your friend rang at just the right moment John.

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  27. I have to admit I did not know of Anna Madrigal, but after a swift search I now do !
    I don't have a best friend but yesterday spent two hours with a friend I made twenty four years ago when I moved to this village. Our paths drifted but yesterday we caught up and it was truly wonderful.

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  28. He looks gorgeous.....I expect he was happy to talk to you too! Shame he doesn't seem to have a blog! XX

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  29. I have mine and she lives a mile away - reading your post I realise how lucky I am. We are all with you in spirit today John - never forget that.

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  30. You are blessed with some really special friends. Well deserved I’m sure. I don’t have my own Anna Madrigal. Always wanted one.

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  31. You’re right. Those special people need acknowledgement sometimes. I have one who was there for me when I was sick, and now she’s recovering from major surgery and it is my delight to be there for her.

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  32. True friends just know don't they? Always there when we need them the most. Hugs to you.

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  33. Wasn't he a fellow blogger too?

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  34. These 'Annas' are a lifeline to us fortunate enough to have one. They understand our humour and needs better than anyone else.

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  35. "The tongue of Eve Arden" -- ha! I can hear him now!

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  36. he's a handsome ginger!

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