Friendship a Bloomin’

The Latino woman preceding me most days in the Starbuck’s line, along with the African American cook who works for a rich family on Fifth, have become fast friends.

I’ve been watching it unfold, this funny friendship you’d never expect to see.


Well, the cook is well over 6 feet, her legs the length of Long Island, and the little Latino Lady, and I mean little, is barely an inch taller than a dwarf.

They treat one another to coffee and the newspaper, while the cook, an amazing baker, brings her pal treats, like freshly made scones and apple fritters, producing a smile that could easily melt ice.

One morning, I even got a fritter, the size of my sneaker.

Kindness, alas, is very rare these days.  No one even notices the person seated next to them, so watching these women who met drinking coffee, honor one another in small, nurturing ways, moves me more than I can say.

To look at them you’d think, what could they possibly have in common?  Well, besides being women, they’re both hard working and happy, just to be part of the world.  Toss in their goodwill and innate generosity, and they could easily, be sisters.

So what if one’s a little short…:)    



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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22 Responses to Friendship a Bloomin’

  1. micklively says:

    Nice is so much easier than nasty. I’m surprised more folk don’t try it. 😉
    Good piece Susannah.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, my best friend in school was barely 5′, quite heavy, and extremely well endowed. I was a 5’6″ beanpole that never hit 100 lbs. It didn’t matter to us if other kids thought we were the odd couple. Friends don’t have to look alike.

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  3. All I remember is if too many pretty people are together they get mean. Or maybe that’s just high school. My high school besties — one was short and very overweight. The other was short (is there a theme here?) and very thin. Both were beautiful people in their own way.

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  4. Friendships of proximity like that are so interesting and cool. I once became friends, or at least acquaintances, with a Vietnamese woman in Korea just because our walks to and from work were at the same time and in opposite directions, so we met twice a day. 🙂 We mostly just said hi but stopped and talked sometimes.

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  5. Gail Kaufman says:

    That’s why “The Odd Couple”was such a popular show. It’s both amusing touching to watch opposites attract.

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    • That’s one of my favorite Neil Simon plays. In my old apt building built in 1899, apparently in my very apt, the tall man from Ringling Brothers lived and his best friend was a clown that happened to be a dwarf. Talk about opposites. Would have loved to have seen them tooling down Madison. 🙂

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  6. Doesn’t always happen here, but still, in my little neck of the woods, I can still wave to strangers and they smile and wave back – I can still bend over and pick up a book someone drops w/o waiting for the club to hit me in the back – I can still do lots of things that you might not be able to do in NYC simply because it has so many people. I need to remember that I have it pretty darned good.

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  7. You are so lucky to have witnessed this friendship grow or should I say we’re lucky?
    Most of the friends throughout my life have been short. I have always felt like a Sasquatch, but guess what? I can reach the top shelf, and they can pick up stuff off the ground.
    PS> I’m all for fritters the size of sneakers.

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  8. I love your observations of daily life. This was a rich one.

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