As I mentioned in my previous post, a little over 42 years ago I left home. Home, as in my hometown. The past few weeks we have been staying with close friends who are, in reality, family to us.
A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to spend the day with my forever friend. I haven’t had a day like this in a very long time. It was wonderful. She had an appointment in the morning, so I tagged along and after that we were on our own, a dangerous thought, considering how long we have known each other and, also, being left to our own devices with our husbands safely ensconced in their house.
Most of the time I do not think about having a girl’s day out with a friend. It is something that I rarely have the opportunity to do anymore, so I tend to not think about it. However when I do have the chance it is a gift to me.
We had lunch, tea, chicken salad on croissants, potato salad and conversation that you can only have with someone you have known since kindergarten. From there we went to an antique shop. To some, a mundane day. To me, a day that makes memories to cherish forever.
I write about friendships often, for they are important to me. Friendships are like the seasons of the year… they can change, they can be challenged, they can grow, or they can lay dormant. But, true friendships can survive all of the changes. They can weather storms of life and temperaments. They can produce conversations that are both difficult and healing to each party, they are a gift.
During this time my friend and I have laughed and cried and cried some more. We have giggled like we did in high school, we have shared memories that neither of us have heard before. We have been friends.
Also throughout this time, I have heard from friends who are not in the vicinity, friends who are close to our current home, or friends who are always there. These women have called and checked in and kept me in their hearts. For these women, I am so grateful.
Friendship is a dear gift, one that too often we take for granted. Today, I want to acknowledge these women, they are my strength, my joy and my heart.
Thank you for stopping by …. Cathi (DAF)