I hope you are blessed with great friendships. I happen to be the luckiest girl in the world when it comes to friends. Some are friends that I just met and some are friends I've had for many, many years. I love them all so much sometimes I could just pop! As women we need friends. We need to talk and we need to laugh and we need to cry. Friends are truly the best therapy. Friendship is a gift that can last a lifetime. Sharing your life with people you care about and that care about you is one of the secrets to a great life. Friendships, as in all relationships, takes nuturing and care. They have to be watered and fed and loved to flourish and grow. One of the secrets to keeping friendships alive is to get together, to share and laugh and catch up with each other. Always remember that the phone works both ways. If I could have a dollar for every time I've heard someone say, "We're not friends anymore, she never called me, or we just lost touch". Do you know how dumb that is? You are willing to give up a relationship because you were the one that picked up the phone? Who cares who called who or who didn't call, just get your priorities straight.
My friendships range from new found, to church, to my Mom's in Touch groups, to family and to my oldie but goodie group from elementary school which leads me to my post. I met Julie and Deanne in the first grade at Apperson Street Elementary School. We did Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls together and went to the same junior and senior high schools. We have kept our friendships going all of these years and have shared lots of laughter, heartaches, babies, weddings, secrets, marriages, reunions and everything in between. When you've been friends this long, you start to feel more like sisters. There are periods of time that we don't talk because, like all of us, we get busy, but watch out when we do get together because it feels like time has stood still and we just pick right back up. So much to my excitement one day on Facebook I have a message from Deanne asking if a group of us from high school wanted to come to her house for the day. She invited those that wanted to, to bring their sleeping bags and she would provide food. Well I was all over that and a group of us packed up my Suburban and off we went.
Deanne opened up her gorgeous mountain home and fed all of us. Something about that mountain air just makes a girl hungry. Good friends, delicious food, good wine, fun games that make everyone laugh so hard we are literally crying makes for a great weekend. And this leads me to Lovin' on People, you see that's what Deanne did. She just sent out the invite, she made a great dinner and had people bring sleeping bags. We were all thrilled to be invited and those of us that were able to, made the drive, and she loved on us, with her home and her food. She made it simple, she let people help. We all brought appetizers and drinks and Julie made us amazing cheese bread for dinner and Terri brought this super great coffee cake for breakfast.
So I'm encouraging you today to remember how important friendships are and to take the time, this very day, to make a call. Invite someone over, make some food, ask someone to bring something. We all need each other in our lives and sometimes it takes a little effort to keep the friendships alive, but let me tell you, it is so very worth it to share my life with my 1st grade friends. If no one ever made the phone call, this weekend wouldn't have happened and the new memories wouldn't have happened. Continue to make memories and love on people, after all this is what life is all about.