Thursday, December 16, 2010
Prompt: Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
This one is so easy. Here's the background: DH and I were part of a group of five inseparable friends in seminary. We ate almost all of our meals together. We played together. We did not date each other, but stuck close like glue through all of the pitfalls and celebrations of our early twenties. When one of our hearts got stepped on, the rest were available for support and bad jokes and libations. I have no siblings, but these four people are mine, by adoption. Although friendship morphed into love and marriage between two of the five of us, the rest married wonderful people who are dear friends now as well.
This year, one of the five of us has accepted a brand new call and the lovely side benefit is that he's serving 30 minutes away from us, instead of a time zone and 600 miles away. While he's getting settled and considering housing options, he's staying with us, which pleases us no end. Being housemates once again after 30 years is a fun and funny thing. What I've learned from our friend is that there is something precious about dear friendships that endure over time. I'm experiencing a sense of "picking up where we left off," even though we are older, hopefully wiser, and grateful, grateful, grateful for the time with which we've been gifted.