When I was 5 years old I liked to “hang out” by the drinking fountain in my kindergarten class. Not exactly sure why I was “hanging out” there but I did along with another girl from my class, Laurie. One day we started chatting about boy in our class who we both thought was really funny (and cute). The hanging out turned into play dates at each other’s house, sleepovers whenever we could, spending everyday in the summer together, talking for hours on the phone, bike rides around town, family vacations, being dorm neighbors in college, discussions about meeting “the one”, shoulders to cry on when “the one” didn’t work out, distance but always knowing how to reconnect, being room mates in our 20’s, tropical vacations together, wedding day fun, celebrations of our first-born and more recently a shoulder to cry on after my tragic loss. This girl, my Lu, is my friend that I’ve known the longest. She is my rock and I can not imagine my world without her.
Yesterday we both figured out that we had the ability to facetime each other, this is something new for Tom and I. As we were sitting there face to face through the lens of technology, we started making faces just like we would have done when we were kids. I began to laugh, in a way that only Laurie can make me laugh. We continued to do this for the next couple of minutes with hardly any words exchanged.
Over my lifetime her friendship has brought me so much joy, even in my darkest hours. She has always had the ability to know exactly what I need at the exact moment I need it. She is my “soul friend” and I am so glad we found each other that day at the drinking fountain.
This is where, if I had a scanner, I would insert some really great pictures from when we were young. Instead I will insert just one…my new favorite of us and our little ones. This picture and the memories it holds are some of my favorite, our most recent time together. It was such a great day.
Both Anna and Abigail have a “soul friend,” the one they laugh uncontrollably with and tell all their deepest secrets to. I am so thankful they were both able to enjoy this type of friendship in their short lives here on earth. I am also thankful that these two girls, McKenna and Paige, were given the opportunity to really know my daughters and all of their goodness. I often would tell Anna and Abigail that the friendship they had with Mckenna and Paige was just like my friendship with Laurie…it was going to last a lifetime (and beyond).
I know that every single day, for a very long time (if not for the rest of their days) these girls will have joy in their heart because of the friendship they have with my girls. This friendship is eternal and I know that my girls will ALWAYS watch out for their BFF. They are wearing their necklaces in Heaven.
My girls are lucky to have them and they are lucky to have my girls.