Do you have one of those friends who just GETS you? Someone who loves you no matter what and has been by your side through puberty and braces, schoolgirl crushes, joys and triumphs, your biggest failures, pregnancies and miscarriages, weddings and funerals and everything in between?
To have one such friend in a lifetime is a blessing so I know I am fortunate to be able to say I have two of these true blue friends. My longest friendship dates back to 1985, when we were both in the 8th grade.
Our friendship was born in a noisy middle school lunchroom where we bonded over our love of reading . . . usually some type of teenage fiction with twins named Jessica and Elizabeth. We also shared a common faith, a love of singing, and a bit of a flair for the dramatic.
We survived the indignities of adolescence together and went on to be the best of friends throughout our high school years. Our friendship had its ups and downs as most relationships do, but we stuck together through thick and thin. We shared everything from clothes to shoes to makeup and hairspray… lots and lots of hairspray. It was the 80s, after all.
We spent many afternoons after school and most weekends together. In the summertime, it was hard to determine when one sleepover ended and the next began. Laughs were plentiful, even if sleep was not. Many hours were frittered away at the mall, after which we would return to my house and make brownies and stay up half the night, whispering secrets and giggling until my mother pulled rank and told us to put a lid on it.
After high school, we went to separate colleges where we both majored in elementary education and wrote prolific letters back and forth for four years. I still have some of those letters in a box in the attic.
We got married within six months of each other, and even though we’ve lived three states apart ever since, we get together at least once a year and pick up right where we left off like we saw each other just the other day.
Friendships like that are few and far between. No matter how many miles apart we are or how many months go by without seeing each other, the comfort of having a friend like that to turn to is priceless.
As always, Hallmark has a card for that! They sent me an assortment of cards to get the New Year started off right — by celebrating friendship and connecting with those who have been here for me through thick and thin. I adore this cheerful little journal with an Emerson quote on the front.
The first page shares this sentiment, and the rest of the pages are blank… just waiting to be filled with a record of memories and blessings throughout the upcoming year.
I dropped it in the mail this morning, and I can just picture the smile on my dear friend’s face when she receives it. I hope it’s a blessing and an encouragement to hear this year.
Do you have a friend like that? Tell me about her in the comments, and maybe take a few minutes to jot her a note or even give her a call today and let her know how much her friendship means to you.
This post is part of a year-long collaboration with Hallmark, my go-to source for greeting cards and thoughtful gift ideas.