Bobble-head Gilbert and Clutter by Valerie J. Patterson

Bobble-head Gilbert and Clutter almost sounds like a comedy duo, doesn’t it?  Well, that definition certainly fits these two ladies who never fail to make me laugh no matter what kind of day I’m having!

Every once in a while God blesses me with the gift of friendship from extraordinary people.  These are people who enter your life and leave fingerprints upon your heart—touches so deep and so rare that you know in an instant they are very special and will have meaning in your life for a long time to come.  A short time ago, I spent a Saturday afternoon with two extraordinary women whose gifts of friendship I will cherish for a very long time to come.

Bobble-head Gilbert’s real name is Zenia—there’s just something special about her name.  I knew the moment I came across it several years ago that she would be a woman as lovely as her name.  Clutter—Tina—is her sidekick and niece and together, this duo leaves me with sidesplitting laugher and tears in my eyes.

The circumstances surrounding our introductions are not important to this writing, but they set into motion a trio of friendship that survives long periods of inactivity, and bridges the gaps in our lives.  As I was preparing for my visit at their home, I knew the time would be filled with laughter, some tears, sharing of our faith, and moments of hilarity.  I was not wrong!

Circling a kitchen table filled with fresh fruit, cheeses, crackers, bread, and various other dishes, we three sat and ate and talked and shared and laughed and cried until our tongues were tired, our sides ached, and our stomachs were full.  The gifts these two bring to my life are treasures that don’t seem to come along as often as a person would like.  My father always told me—during difficult times growing up—that the true friends in life are oftentimes the ones met during adulthood.  He wasn’t wrong.  Sure, I have people I stay in contact with from high school, but they’re not the people in my life that I turn to when I’m down, ill, or wanting to share happiness with.  Those that I turn to are my friends.  The ones who pick me up when I’ve fallen.  The ones who love me despite the fact I’m slightly odd—I admit it even if they don’t!

Tina has touched my heart on so many occasions that I just know she has a direct phone to God.  I’ve gotten cards or calls or email on days when I’ve been put through the ringer.  Days that I just needed a gentle touch or a smile.  I can’t repay that kind of care.  Do you know what I mean?

Bobble-head Gilbert is as un-self-involved as they come.  She’s humble.  She’s gracious.  She’s able to laugh at herself.  Plus she has a crown that proclaims her to be queen—but that title has never gone to her head!

When we get together—whether a great length of time has lapsed or not—we’re able to pick right up where we left off, and that’s usually in the middle of laughter.  The richness they add to my life cannot be measured in dollars or gold or silver or jewels, but I know with each hug I receive that I have been blessed.  That God hears our laughter and chuckles to Himself and knows that I value what He has given me.  I hope there is a Bobble-Head Gilbert and Clutter in your life.  I hope you know they’re a blessing.  I also hope you’re a Zenia or a Tina to someone else.

Until next time, hug a friend and I guarantee you’ll exercise your smile muscles!


6 responses to “Bobble-head Gilbert and Clutter by Valerie J. Patterson

  1. Friendships like yours with Zenia and Tina are one of the most precious gifts we are given, aren’t they? I don’t know what I’d do without my core of friends. They keep me going when I’m down, and laugh with me when I’m up. Thank you for this reminder to treasure these relationships.

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      They are precious indeed. Too often I think people take for granted these types of friends because they’re always there. I got sad news about a friend’s wife yesterday and then I ran into Tina on the street and as I hugged her it occurred to me that I really needed to make more time for visiting with her and Zenia. Everyone’s so caught up in what’s happening in their own world that we sometimes just need to stop and take a look around and make note of the people in our lives. To me, there are varying levels of friendship, but they’re all relationships that need nurturing and care. Life is simply way too short.

      Thank you for reading, Laurie. I hope you have a great weekend. 😛

  2. Valerie, thanks for an inspiring reminder of how dear friendships are. And, how truly fortunate I am to have them.

    Have a great Friday and weekend.

  3. Valerie J. Patterson

    Oh Lavada, I believe you to be a very nurturing friend and that you value all the wonderful people in your life. Just like Laurie, I suspect the people in your life know their worth, God is good to us, isn’t He?

    Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! 😛

  4. Lovely post, Valerie. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends. They are some of the treasures of my life. As you say, we are fortunate indeed.

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Tricia. Friends are a vital part of our lives. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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