Linda and I got kicked out of the Brownies together.
She’s coming to visit me this week and I can hardly wait. Sunday is her birthday. I won’t mention WHICH birthday. She wouldn’t like that. But if you want to give her a shout-out here, she’d LOVE that.
Lifetime friends are The Bomb, aren’t they?
I am honored to have some very precious people in my life. Some I’ve met in recent years and some I’ve stayed with connected for years.
As I prepare for Linda’s arrival on Monday and the reunion we’ll have next weekend with Val, Jim, Lauri, Doug, Richard, Jimmy, Della, Debbie, our families and hopefully even more dear folk, I’m celebrating SOME of the reasons to nurture these lifetime relationships:
1. We knew them When and they knew us When. So much is holy about having people in our lives who GET “from where we came.” We know each others’ families and stories. For example, some of these folk remember when I wrecked my avocado green Pinto on Junior/Senior Weekend.
2. We all had goofy hair and wore goofy clothes at the same time AND LIKED IT! For our gang, it was the 70’s ~ ‘nuf said there.
3. We pick-up where we left off. Whether it’s been five days, five weeks or five years since we’ve seen each other – the rhythm is still there. It’s that whole Trust thing. We hold onto what’s important and release what’s not.
4. We know too much about each other. We know each others’ fears. These are the people we told about our First Kiss (or ARE the people with whom we shared our First Kiss). They’re also the people who know how many times we skipped school and can tell our children stories we’d rather they not know – yet. We can’t afford to make these people mad <grin>.
5. We’re older than our parents were when we first met. I know, I could’ve skipped this last one. It’s just that the whole aging thing becomes more real as we DO IT. Aging with people we love is a gift. It absolutely warrants mentioning.
So as I prepare for this coming week, I’m going to worry less about my gray hair, sags and wrinkles. I’m going to celebrate the NEW in Val & Cork’s son Kirby graduating from Annapolis AND keeping the OLD – including me.
ps ~ Stay tuned for an update.