Many years ago I lived out east—in south Jersey as the locals called it. We lived in a wonderful townhouse community. I was a stay-at-home mom, and so were many of the other moms. I was fond of saying it was like being on a college campus—but there were no classes, no homework, and no tests. Anyway, while living there I became friends with an amazing woman. We both had sons (13 months apart). She was a strong outspoken woman, so heaven knows we shared that personality strength.
We sewed quilts, we knitted, we talked through our challenges—we saw each other daily and our sons played together. Sadly we each moved away but lo and behold, our friendship continues to this day. Back then we were in and out of each other’s homes, kitchens and days multiple times a day. Not having had a sister myself, this was like having a sister. We talked about our faith, our lives, our hopes and dreams.
It is so validating to have a friend like that. Conversation after conversation, you reveal more and more layers of yourself. The miraculous thing is that in a friendship like this, no matter how many layers you reveal, at some point you no longer worry that you could be rejected. I make potato soup, or eat blueberries, I think of her. I make a quilt, I remember laughing over fabric scraps with her…..so many memories, and yet she is part of my present, too.
My mom says the glorious thing about heaven will be that we can talk and talk and talk….and never have to stop for sleep! The more the years go by, the more I can agree with the beauty of that. Treasure your friendships!
I am blessed with multiple friendships. I will probably blog about many of them as time goes on—because each of them is a part of me now. This blog entry and the one preceding it are the two I could write about today—they are on my mind this morning.