There are some friendships that stand the test of time, that are so deeply rooted in memories and shared experiences, in life-defining moments and ordinary days, that they hold steady, regardless of distance or circumstance.
Our lives have shifted and changed a great deal since our uni days... we've moved away, married, bought homes, had jobs, and entered motherhood, and all along, though our phone conversations are far less frequent than I'd like these days, we've shared and encouraged, laughed and cried, challenged and cheered and done life together, at a distance.
And when life gets rocky, and things aren't going smoothly, you know its true friendship when she drops everything, trains it across south England and brings you a picnic feast in your hospital room... calls you and talks you through the minutia of early days with premature babies, shares her own heartaches and struggles. And is real. And vulnerable. And honest. Always.
And last week, as we sat on Brighton beach, the sun blazing down and looked at our line up of little people I was just filled with such thankfulness... two are missing; one fast asleep in his pram, the other still safely growing on the inside... these littles, playing together so beautifully, forming little friendships of their own.
Time is a beautiful thing. And so is friendship. I hope these little people enjoy the friendship that their Mamas have enjoyed these past 12 years.
I thank God for you Sar!
"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings"
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld -
"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
- Anne of Green Gables -