It's amazing what a couple of great friends can do.
In the morning, I met with Rarely Home Mom (aka Julie P.) at a park. We've met before --about 1 1/2 years ago, just before I moved to CA --so it felt like old hat. We let the kiddies play and run, and then we took them to the Purple Turtle for lunch (it's a burger place in Pleasant Grove). It was so nice to reconnect and make plans for future get-togethers. That must happen! Because I sure like that Julie P.
In the afternoon, I had one of the rarest and greatest of friends come to my house. Becky (i have a cat) drove down to spend the afternoon/evening with us. Here's some background:
Becky and I have been friends since...7th grade? I moved into her ward in the 8th grade, and I remember she rode her bike over to my house to help me unpack my room. Becky and I were in choir together in middle school, and in high school, we did band (percussion ensemble, marching band, jazz band, and symphonic band). I can't remember any event in my life that didn't have Becky a part of it. Classes, seminary, band, church, dances, dates, shopping, hanging out, being silly, being serious, Junior Miss, boyfriends, parties, and even college applications. She was there the day I said good-bye to all my friends before moving to BYU; she was there the night before my wedding, in my room, talking to me about my future with Brandon.
Over the years, we drifted a bit --just due to different lives, different paths, and different goals. But we always kept tabs on each other, and lately we've been better about keeping in touch. So, last night she came down, brought my children loads of food and toys (she spoiled them rotten!), played soccer with the kiddies, got to eat Brandon's Thai food, and stayed up late with me looking through old scrapbooks of high school. Man, it was great. Becky is fabulous and I love that she's still my buddy after all these years. Here's a picture (and a video of #4) from her visit:
A few of my high school friends have mocked me for keeping in touch with everybody. I'm one of those people that loves friends --past, present, future --and so I invest a lot of time into keeping relationships alive. Even if it means a few emails, a visit or two, or even a phone call. I'm not perfect at it, but I sure try. The pay off? Relationships that have lasted a lifetime. Friendships that stay strong, new friendships that grow quickly, and amazing blogging friendships. You know, I can't imagine my life without you, dear reader. I like friends. I need friends. What better thing is there in this world (family aside) than friends? Okay, maybe some chocolate. But after that? Friends! (haha, just kidding about the chocolate. Sort of. Okay, I wasn't kidding. I take my chocolate seriously.)
Are you still friends with high school buddies? College roomies? Childhood playmates?