Monday / June 13 / 2011
Why I’d argue the best of friends aren’t only found in your college years
I had the unique opportunity to engage with three of my dearest childhood friends this weekend. We’ve known each other since we were “knee high to a grasshopper” (as Angel McAllister would say). How is it that you can be friends with individuals who are so vastly different than you, but with whom you share a bond that cannot be explained or undone? Is that unconditional love?
The weekend was filled with uncontainable laughter (my ab workout for the weekend – seriously) as well as passionate, full-body tears – the kind you share only when you feel safe and accepted.
Saturday afternoon was our “deep-n-poignant” time together as we shared things we’d never share with anyone else, aside from our spouses. We shared openly and honestly, letting guards down, putting emotions and vulnerability out for inspection. No judgement. No condemnation. Just faces full of compassion and empathy for each other’s pain and hurts, some so deep it’s a wonder they can be expressed in the spoken word. Complete acceptance, love, guidance and impassioned desire for the successful, happy futures of one another. This is the stuff you can’ t find in a store, no matter how wealthy you are.
Amy, thank you for being a soul to whom so many are attracted (me included). You epitomize unconditional love and I feel so special because you know me by name (and them some!) As strong a woman as you are, you are one with whom I, and so many, want to share our deepest, innermost thoughts and dreams simply because you smile and open your heart — and mean it. That is why you are a such an extraordinary nurse and Mommy. You amaze me every time we encounter one another.
Denise, thank you for being the quintessential tried-n-true friend. We’ve been through so much together, we should write a memoir. The memories we have (and can remember) will always be held in the warmest place of my heart. When I hugged you this weekend and said, “thank you”, the words themselves seemed so inadequate, yet the bond was one for which I have no words. You have a place in my heart that could never be replaced.
Dawn, thank you for living your life unabashedly,being willing to let others in and explore the questions of life, and death. You are strong, yet tender. You are impassioned and set the example of not giving up on what is precious in this world. Your faith is inspirational and your heart is bigger than most. Thank you for your willingness and desire to share life with me.
Friends, thank you for loving me even though you know me. Thank you for gifting me with your friendship and entrusting me with your hearts and dreams and allowing me to entrust you with mine. I treasure you. I love you. I cherish you. And I look forward to writing pages-n-pages of love notes to each other in our Notebooks of Life forever. Take a peek… xo