Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Childhood Friends

This Thursday I am thankful for the time I got to spend last week with my oldest and dearest childhood friend.  We usually see each other once a year for dinner or a fleeting cup of coffee during the rush of the holiday season and amidst conflicting family obligations. 

This year, I got to spend 24 hours with her in her home, completely untouched by schedules or outside demands.  And then, a few weeks later, spent an entire day with her at Disney World, and a day at the Ranch, and then she joined us for pizza at our house.  I've seen her more in the past month than I have in years. 

And, I realize how much I miss her.  I realize how much history we share, and how some friendships just run themselves.  Our friendship is maintenance free, and regardless of how much we do or don't talk in a given month, or how much we do or don't see each other, we always know that we are there for each other. 

She is that one friend who knew me before I knew who I was; since we were kids hanging from the monkey bars, learning how to bicycle kick soccer balls in her front yard, and honors students proof-reading each other's English papers.  We share a whole lot of history.  

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And I hope our kids will too.  They hadn't seen each other since 2008, and they were too little to really remember, but they became fast friends, often holding hands in the park completely unprompted. 

Friendship is their destiny.

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Thanks for the memories, Cheeto.  Love you!


Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I'm so glad you got to spend some time with a good friend!

Liz said...

So nice that you were able to spend so much time with her! It definitely looks like your kiddos will be great friends too - you don't have anything to worry about!! :)

Jennifer said...

It is so great to hear of life long friendships. I think they are becoming rarer and rarer these days :) I am sure the time you do get to spend together is truly appreciated.

LeeAnn said...

The "maintenance free" friendships are the best kind. I have two best friends in St Pete that I can go weeks without talking to, but when we talk, it is like we just talked yesterday. I'm glad you got to have a great visit with your friend!

Now...we need to have one of those fun days. ;-)

Actuary Mom said...

It is so great you got to spend that much time with her. I have a couple maintenance free friends and I treasure them.