“And thus the die was cast, the stage was set. There would be no turning back.”
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that last April I started a new tradition. Each April, I will reread a book by Norma Howe, young adult book author and my friend, who passed away two years ago this month.
I just finished Blue Avenger Cracks the Code, the second book in the Blue Avenger trilogy, where Blue goes to Venice. Here’s the passage that made me know I had to meet Norma. Blue and his friends arrive in Venice and take the vaporetto to the Rialto, near their hotel. They notice the way the vaporetto worker ties the rope around the piling, and a “short, gray-haired woman with a round, pleasant face” says to Blue’s friend Drusie:
“This is your first trip to Venice?”
Drusie smiled. “Yes, how did you know?”
The woman gestured over to the young man who handled the rope. “You’ll never forget that, as long as you live–the way he tossed that rope.”
Anyone who would notice that rope, which I had noticed myself, had to be a good person and a person I wanted to know. Now when I see someone toss the rope, I think of Norma. Is she the short, gray-haired woman?
It’s funny–Norma always questioned coincidences and scoffed at fate. So I guess it’s a coincidence that I read that line, that I had noticed the rope toss, and that it moved me enough to make me want to meet her. I’m glad for coincidences. The stage was set for us to meet.
(I finished this post and looked at last year’s post about Norma–and found I had mentioned the ropes then, too. Ropes are important. Details are important. I could have changed this post to be more original, but hey, if that kind of detail led to a friendship, then it’s worth mentioning twice. Hope you don’t mind.)