Today I spent the day being surrounded with comfort and joy.
The comfort and joy I am referring to are my three friends, Tina, Brenda and April.
We all gathered at Tina's house with the hopes of eating some lunch and then going for a walk to enjoy some sunshine.
Instead, our afternoon turned into a wonderful day of talking and visiting about a variety of topics. We did eat, but by the time we thought about going out for a walk, the sun had disappeared behind some rather stormy looking clouds.
We arrived at Tina's house at about 11:30 a.m.
We departed Tina's house at about 7:30 p.m.
For eight hours I was surrounded by comfort. Comfort from lifelong friends.
Tina and I have been friends since we were four years old. Her mother babysat me the year I attended kindergarten. We have been friends for about 47 years.
Brenda and I were in school for the first time in kindergarten. We attended school together off and on through grade school to high school.
April and I met when April was in third grade, and she started attending Sunnyside Elementary. We were the very best of friends for many years, and in the past few years have rekindled our lifelong friendship.
I am so grateful for the chance to spend a whole day talking to people who have known me almost my entire life, and who I trust, and who are comfortable to be around. There is nothing we can do that would jeopardize these friendships. We have seen each other through many different times in our lives, and have accepted it all. We are a comfort to each other.
And the joy comes from talking about our lives. We shared about people in our past, raising kids, the trials of parenthood, and looked at old photographs that brought back a flood of memories.
An old high school yearbook created more laughter and memories, and reminded us of classmates from the past.
We all agreed that the last twenty years have gone by way too fast.
I cherish these times with lifelong friends. What a blessing to sit for hours and hours, visiting and talking, and sharing comfort and joy with one another.
April and I got some fortune cookies when we stopped and grabbed dinner at Panda Express before heading back to Kellogg. My fortune was very appropriate for what happened today: