The Choreography of Friendship

Today I had lunch with my dear friend, Jackie. She is one of the few people in my life that from the onset we "clicked" and became fast friends. Jackie has a heart of gold. She is a genuine person. She is beautiful inside and out. When she listens, she really listens, not only with her ears, but with her heart. My hurts become her hurts and my joys, her joys.

It's been about two months since we've had lunch together...something we tried to do once a week or once every other week when school was in session. She has had a full plate this summer since one of her daughter's just graduated high school and is preparing to go to college, the other daughter is getting married in October at the beach, and her son is currently out of the country on an International Study Program. I, too, have been busy with work and things at the school and just life in general.

But today we made time to visit for lunch at our favorite "girly" place. It's a beautiful dance when these two kindred spirits get together! One will "lead" and talk, talk, talk, catching up on everything, while the other eats a while, and then the "lead" will shift while the other eats, and talks, and eats and talks. And it seems like only an hour or so has passed when she glances up at the clock and says, "oh my! guess what time it is?!" Ummm, I don't know...1:30ish? Y'all, we met a few minutes after 11:30 a.m. to beat the lunch rush and sat and talked until almost 3:30!

When we parted, my tummy was full and my heart was "full-er" (okay, I know that's not really a word, all you grammar experts!). But I thanked God for my dear friend, and promised myself I would not allow two months to pass before we met again for a girly "session".

True friendships are to be treasured and I treasure you, my sweet Jackie Sue!

14 sweet friends had to say...:

Melody said...

Hey there woman! I haven't had time yet to catch up on all of the posts I missed while the 'puter was sick, but I have gotten a start this evening...in the meantime, I just wanted to let you know I came by for a visit :) I'm glad you and your friend got together after such a long absence. My friend and I did that not too long ago and we decided at 1:30 in the morning, that it was probably best to leave Starbucks and head on back home!!!

justabeachkat said...

Tracey...What a sweet post!

Hugs!
Kat
(ps...enjoyed our phone chat tonight)

Profbaugh said...

Glad you carved out some time to "connect." I loved the image you created about the dance we do in conversation!

~Cheryl

Deborah said...

Hello I am so glad you had a wonderful time with your friend, have you read the book called kindred spirit? its a great book. love always me

Shelly said...

That totally blesses my heart. I have some friends where we loose track of time as well. And my heart is always 'fuller' too :)

Glad you two got that time!

Tonja said...

There is nothing like true friendship. You can have many 'friends'...but only a few "FRIENDS". Those are the ones who seem to be on the same heartbeat as you, and see the same things you see. I am blessed to have some "FRIENDS" like that, too. Truly a blessing. We call each other "sister-friend."

Musicaljean said...

It's awesome to have a friend like that, awesome that you could be together, and awesome the way you described your time together. I can overlook your grammar thing due your creative writing, ha, ha!! Just kidding! I love using words like fuller. At least you didn't say you were "higher". I have a cute Sophie story to tell about that word!

mandy said...

oh i LOVE this post... it makes me thankful for my friends who are such sisters to me. how sweet.
makes me wanna grab one & go eat & talk & talk & eat for hours.... but they all live so far away right now.
thank you for that blessing of a story!

Linda said...

This is a great post. The beauty of friendship is something we should never take for granted.
Blessings

Penless Thoughts said...

True friendship is such a blessing, but also a responsibility because it does take effort to keep it alive and not just let it drift away amidst the cares and worries, and responsibilities of this life.
Susan

MorningSong said...

What a great gift!! I have a friend like that in BR and we DID meet once a week or every 2 weeks and we could not get away from 2 hours. The only problem was she always quizzed me and so her talk time wasn't enough for me to eat without talking with a mouth full. I always wished that she would take the pass and talk a bit but she just peppered me with more questions. :) She is a good friend though! God really moved b/w us in conversation. An iron sharpens iron kind of thing. Makes me want to make the 6 hour drive to meet her! You are blessed indeed!

Southern Heart said...

What a nice post...you both sound like you are wonderful friends *to each other*. That makes the best kind of friendship, doesn't it? I'm glad that you have such a wonderful friend.

LivingTheLife said...

Friends like that are priceless...and it is clear to see you consider Jackie a gift...as I know she probably will say the same of you...thanks for sharing the heart of "friendship"...taking the time to live, share and laugh together...what a true blessing...

by the way...I love your friend, too...how can you go wrong w/ a friend named Jackie...that is my daughters name...I LOVE it!!

blessings...
"T"
LivingTheLife
aka
http://www.tpmom4ever.blogspot.com

Lyndy said...

Oh we all need times like this. So glad you had some great fellowship time with your friend.

Hugs, Lyndy

 
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