Anyway, I love this friend so much, even when she kicks my you know what for being flaky or not being the person I could be. We met several years ago during decor set up for our school auction and although I had seen her around school, our children were different ages so we never talked. It took another year and another meeting at a school auction decor setup to finally kick off our friendship. Ever since then I feel like every time we are together I cannot stop laughing.
Friendship is a funny thing. Sometimes friends disappoint. They can let you down, leave you out, not be the person you thought they were. And it can be painful, like the loss of a love. Some friends come into our lives through common bonds, like children, work, or neighborhoods. Or school auctions. The most enduring friendships I have had don't mind the years or miles, different paths or busy schedules. They are like a love that simmers, sometimes neglected, never forgotten, but to be counted on, always.
One of the best compliments I ever received was from one of my oldest & dearest friends who told me once that she knew I was one person she could call in the middle of the night and I would be there. And I would.
My Mom told me once during a period when one of my friendships went through a painful transition, that you don't need to change friends if you understand that friends change. After I heard that, I stopped grieving the friendship I no longer had, knowing that this person would always be part of my life, just in a different way.
My friend, she is one great lady. A mother, wife, businesswoman, graphic designer, plumber (just kidding), and all around beautiful person, she gives, celebrates, encourages, and makes the world a better place. During our auction days we used to high five each other after we successfully completed our projects and its been a little joke between us ever since.
This season I think that the gift of friendship makes me just about the luckiest girl in the world. I have got good people around me. Some I see every day, some hardly ever. All of them mean more to me than anything you could find on a Cyber Monday.
And high five to you, my friend. You know who you are.