Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I think I was "let go" from Girl Scouts back in the day. Too much of a class clown or something. Maybe my mom remembers it better. I'll have to ask. I don't remember being disappointed.

But I do remember holding hands in the circle singing
"Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other's gold"

I'm not sure whether the new or the old friend is golden according to Girl Scouts. This weekend my oldest (not by birthday) friend was golden. Absolutely perfect timing for a four day conversation, plenty of finishing sentences & picking up on thoughts interrupted by one of the 3 sick kids between us. I'm hoping that my 3 year old didn't pick up on any of the sex talks, when we thought he was sleeping in there. I'm thankful for the perfect questions begetting honest answers. I'm still pondering some words spoken. And laughter; good like medicine.

Back in high school we were a whole lot more alike than our choices since then seem to prove. And you know what, I'm not sure we'd end up in the same circle today. While she has prayed through all 5 pregnancies to end in drug-free childbirth complete with the previously selected song for the moment, I checked into the hospital with my name & my request for an epidural & ended up delivering my 2 by c-section. She buys her milk from a cow, unpasteurized & I get mine at Sam's Club.

The many ways we are almost freakishly similar, combined with our differences have made for a fantastic friendship. I'm thankful for committed & loyal friends. Willing to share the truth, in love when it's necessary & able to encourage us to remain true to ourselves.

She arrived after Carter had already gone to sleep for the night. He has only briefly seen her a few times in his short 3 year life. But when he came stumbling out of his room in the morning & she was sitting on the sofa across from me. He bypassed me completely & nuzzled into her.

What a surprise! And at the same time not at all.

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