it’s been a long time…

July 20, 2010

I ran into ‘joy’ today.  it was like meeting an old friend after years apart.  even though I hadn’t seen her for a while… a long while, we were able to come back together like there hadn’t been a significant span of time between our last meeting.  and oh was it good to be in the presence of ‘joy’ once again.  I have missed her.  I didn’t really realize how long it had been since I had felt so excited and happy.  I sense more of a sparkle of hope in my own eyes than the glossed over look of grief.

it feels so good to be happy for someone and the good news that they share.  in this case it happens to be the engagement of a very dear friend.  I’ve been waiting for this news.  but even though I really felt like this engagement would come along at some point, I didn’t anticipate how wonderful the actual event would be.  something to look forward to.  something to talk about.  something to celebrate. 

maybe it’s because it isn’t about a baby… (this news of course could lead  to a baby … and I’d be happy about that too)

and I’m sure of course, that this engagement is so exciting because I love this friend with all of my heart.  we’ve been friends for a very long time.  since first grade… it was the first grade field trip to the hospital when we were assigned to sit together on the bus.  that’s where we meet.  I think we shared a ride to and from school for the next 12 years almost every day.  we would drink kool aid from my thermos on the way home from elemantary school and pretend we were having wine.  we spent lots and lots of friday nights staying up until midnight so we could watch friday night videos.  one particular friday evening we spent our time burning all the valentines we had received at school that day in the fireplace and laughing about the messages on the cards… especially the ones from ‘boys’.  we went to our senior prom together, just the 2 of us in a limo.  (I still can’t believe we didn’t have dates for that event.)  we’ve stayed in touch ever since high school and still see each other when we can.  we’ve comforted each other through some pretty unbearable times.  we’ve laughed so hard… so many times… even during mass.  if ever I had a sister… someone who I had better keep close, because she’d be to great of an enemy with all the information she has on me… this is the girl.

it’s been a long time ‘joy’, but I am so glad to be in your company again.

congratulations my very dear brown-haired friend!  I am so happy for you.  … as I looked for a picture of us, I noticed that we are beside each other in almost all the pictures I have from school… which makes this ‘joy’ I’ve run into today all the much sweeter.  I love you friend…

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2 Responses to “it’s been a long time…”

  1. Megan said

    Congratulations to your friend (I think I know who), and glad to hear you have your sparkle back. 🙂 Have a great day!!!

  2. Megan said

    PS – My first comment was before you added pictures, but now that you did… what a trip down memory lane! Are you two at Southwoods in your bikinis??? 🙂 Thanks for the smiles. 🙂

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