For some reason tonight I am struggling to organize my thoughts. I keep rearranging them and sorting them out in my mind while I try to get them typed into this post. Perhaps it is because the day was full. It was full of laughter, joy, sharing and love. The day has left so may thoughts swirling through my brain that it is difficult to know where to start and where to end.
It was a great day spent with two close friends. I have known who these two women are; for probably 16 years. It is only the last few years that I have really come to know these two women. We met at a Christian retreat and have met at that same retreat for many years.
When you have shared life stories, shared tears and shared laughter you realize what a gift friendship and relationship can be. These women have seen the best of me and I am pretty sure they have seen the worst of me…..and yet they call me friend! It is almost as if God has gifted me with two extra sisters….you know…..where they have to love you no matter what????
We spent the day in a couple small towns in our area today. As friends, we share a love for small little shops that are full of repurposed things made from windows, doors, ice-skates etc. We love to find the odd and the unusual in everything from home decorating items to clothing. I am thinking we might also love to BE the odd and unusual! (Trying on “blingy” headbands and taking selfies is always a good time!) I have no doubt there are some stories being told about “three crazy women that came into the store today……”
We have learned over time that when we plan a day out we struggle to make up our minds as to what we want to do or where we want to go. (That might be a woman thing……but who really knows?) After the first time we made plans to have a “friend day” we have also learned that we need to make very “loose” plans and be ready to rearrange as necessary.
That first time we got together, we never did get out of the small town that was the prearranged meeting place. (It probably did not help that we met at a little coffee/tea shop and spent a couple hours just catching up!) Our husbands were stunned and their eyes kind of glazed over when we came home and told them we never made it to the city with the big stores, malls etc. and that we had spent the entire day poking through the little shops and second hand store that this small town offered. I know my husband spent the night just kind of looking at me and shaking his head. Every so often he would mumble something and give me an odd look.
These two women are the kind of friends who are great to go shopping with. They will give you an honest answer when you ask the dreaded question, “What do you think of these jeans on me?” We then ponder on the fact that men never ask that question. Do they not care what jeans look like on them? Those are also the type of question we discuss when we are together….we have come up with lots of answers to these types of questions; but I am thinking they might not be the right ones.
These two are also the kind of friends you can be intensely serious with and intensely silly with…..sometimes in the same conversation. They are the kind of friends where you laugh till you cannot breathe and sometimes you laugh so hard you snort.
They are the kind that help you find a well-loved, well-used, well-worn tea set for an almost 3 year old granddaughter….because they know your granddaughter loves tea parties. I love the thought that when I am invited to a tea party with my granddaughter these two friends will come to mind because of that tea set.
The older I get the more I value relationships with those around me. Not just the surface kind…but the kind where people are “real”. The masks are off and you know that what you see is really what you get. It is a rare gift. It is a blessing. It is something to be valued.
May you be blessed with friends who are a blessing to you as much as you are a blessing to them.
I thank my God every time I remember you.