Something terrible and beyond our control interrupted our relationship for the next few years, and then she moved. Our "interruption," was removed, and we resumed contact. Snail mail, phone calls and summer visits.... then she moved back into the vicinity for a few years, and we wasted no time being "forever friends," as our hearts led.
She had a few babies. I went to university. She honed her mommy and wife-y skills. I became a teacher. She had a few more babies, and finally I married and had mine. Then at age 38, she went to college for the first time ever!! How cool is that? VERY COOL !!
When her youngest two were in high school, she completed her teaching degree, and we taught across the hall from one another for a few years. Now, I teach around the corner of the hall from her.
Oh, and in-between all that action, we became neighbors about 250 miles from where we first met in junior high school!
Now, one of the super coolest things about this "berry special friend" is that our first born sons, close to 13 years apart in age, have forged a very special bond. When my son was 5 years old, we prayed for David's safety every night, as he served his country on foreign soil.
9 years later, David was home, re-covering from war, and during that 9 months of separation that I told about in my post titled Juniper Berries and My Bible, David led a Bible study at my house, at my request for my teenage son. I wanted a male presence in my son's life. David was an encouragement to my son, and now adult to adult, my son returns that encouragement to his friend. The first thing he wants to do when he has time here, is "go see David." Oh! And my son has called Lory's youngest son his BEST FRIEND, but they never see each other anymore, because he is away in the Army.
Anyway, this all makes me feel like God gave Lory and I a "generational blessing," because our friendship was founded on our sincere sisterhood in Him.
So it is a "berry special day," today, when Lory comes over for muffins and coffee with me ... old friends ... neighbors ... teachers on summer vacation .. 41 years after we fell in love with one another in 6th grade art class, now our lives and families woven together in an exquisite tapestry like only our Creator could design, and it is flawed... only by our humanity...
Very possibly you have an amazing friendship tale as well! I would relish to hear about it in comments below, and here is the recipe we enjoyed together today:
Hope you enjoy some Berry Berry muffins with a berry special friend!