Many years ago when Tess, Pandy and Amy were much much younger – indeed Amy grew within me and was just a small baby, there was a friend I held close to me who was a friend of many many years. We walked beside each other as our children crept towards independence and shared the ups, the downs, the joys , the hurts and the sorrows over many a cup of coffee, or glass of red wine.
We knew each other, well, and were there for each other and then life moved gears. Work and study changed, relationship with significant others happened and we literally moved in opposite directions; she southward, and me north. Somewhere along the way we lost contact but never lost the caring.
At this point in my life through one of my children she tracked me down and we have begun to catch up. Again hours feel like minutes and that sure knowledge, acceptance and true caring is there. Just there; between us.
Geni and Leonnie asked her if she was going to stay the night ( just like their older sisters did many years before) and it was as if all those years did not sit between us; we picked up exactly as we were and are.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. ”
~ Benjamin Disraeli
What a gift, and a treasure. She has seen me at my best and at my lowest. She has seen me make some monumentally stupid choices and try to recover, and she has always seen my reasons and accepted me as I am. And I would do anything for her – still. This time I will be careful and mindful we do not lose each other.
Today Geni told me that she and Leonnie REALLY like this friend and I can keep her. Gee thanks girls. I will anyway.