Today's subject is a no-brainer for me right now. I take advantage of the summertime, when I am on summer break, to catch up with friends - sometimes with our kids, sometimes without. Before getting married and before kid(s) it was almost as if my friends and I could not go a day without talking or emailing. Some friends maybe it was a weekly thing, but others, it was seriously daily communication. Things change when you get married; they change even more when you have a child. Throughout it all, I know that I always have my friends. Most of my really good friends, or my besties, have been my friends forever and a day. There are a couple with whom I still communicate several times a week (thank goodness for facebook and texting!) but with most, it is really difficult to find the time to chat or get together.
Last week I was able to visit my friend Michelle in NC. Two different nights we spent hours just chatting about life. It was so great to be able to do that in person. Yesterday my sister-friend (and her cute as a button infant daughter) came for lunch. She is my rock. Sometimes I think she knows me better than I know myself. She is the kind of friend who can say it like it is, and vice versa. But she is also the first to lift me up when I need it. Or drag me, as the case may be.
Tonight I was able to spend a few hours with my friend Caroline who I have known since we were, I don't know, 6ish? We don't get to see each other often. We really do not even get to chat very often now because we both have chatty daughters which makes phone conversations more difficult. :0) There is the obvious catching up on what has happened in the past x amount of months, but really, it is so easy to just get right back into our friend rhythm. Isn't that the mark of a true friend? And doesn't it just boost your spirit when you get to spend a couple hours with a friend like that?
Tomorrow I am spending the afternoon with my friend Colleen and her two children. She lives the closest of all my friends and her children are 11 months older and younger than Lilly, respectively. The three of them get along beautifully and Colleen and I get to have some chat time in between refereeing and getting snacks for the kids. Sometimes we recruit the guys to go to the park with us so we can chat more. But sometimes it is not even the talking that is needed. Sometimes I just need to be in the presence of a friend who knows all of me, warts and all, and who loves me in spite of them. And believe me, Colleen and I lived together so she knows it all!
I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life. Each meets a different friend need and all are vital to my happiness. Tonight my heart feels lighter and I can breathe deeper! xoxoxo