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Become a Drop-By Darling

Or Landing (for the Drop-By)


Love, Life & Sex as seen in the SF Bay Times

by Shar Rednour


Got extra Tupperware? Drop it by!

Where I grew up people dropped by. “We were runnin’ around and thought we’d drop by.” My parents and I would be out looking at tractor hitches at TSC (Tractor Supply Company) then mom would say, “hey honey, would you drive by Jeannie’s? I wanna see how’s she doing. Her husband hurt his back, or her cousin got Lupus or, or…”  Any number of bad things happen.

Out here in California, we say “challenging things” and don’t admit they’re “bad.” Bad relationships, cancer, jobs, HIV, family problems and last but not least our pets die.

Somehow, out here in California, I gathered Drop By-er friends. I say “somehow” because I didn’t do friend-entrance-exams at The End UP or Faster Pussycat!  –

What happened to dropping by? Did everyone used to when they were young? Maybe it isn’t midwestern after all, is it age? People got too busy?

Is it technology? With no cell phone, one drops by to ask a favor, or tell a story in person.

Drop by even if you look messy. I AM Femmepress Shar so if I say this then take heed! Who cares if your mascara is runny.

Got extra Tupperware or made too much soup? Drop it by. If you hear a story, recipe, inspirational thought a friend would like drop by to tell them.  Bring them an orange.


My friend Smeeta drops by with a teabag in hand. I bring hot water out to the porch and we chat while watching the baby sleep in the car, then she leaves in 20 minutes. Drop bys don’t have to be long.


Go places with someone else. Do you know someone who also goes to the doctor on Tuesdays? Yoga on Wednesdays? Maybe they used to go but now you don’t see them? I learned from my mom to drop by and find out what happened. Maybe they will get inspired to go again if you offer to go together.


When someone is going through hard times, bring them ice cream, validate them, ask questions, offer advice and give hugs. Do this even for the person who’s eternally optimistic, who insists “I’m fine” even though they got dumped, fired or their cat died because that’s who will unexpectedly try suicide.


Always hug and tell people that you love them even if it embarrasses them. Who cares.

When we’re in the middle of worrisome times—wondering when the phone will ring with biopsy results—it’s much nicer if you are chatting with a neighbor watching East Bay sunsets while the kids do cartwheels or (The City folk) sipping hot cocoa enjoying a foggy afternoon.

Some of my friends only see each other at 4 hour cocktail parties that have to be planned. I tell them, “come hang out for a few minutes—don’t wait for the perfect moment!”

Life is short and fragile. If someone is important to you, you must let them know. Drop by, drop in, and drop the formalities!

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