Cotton ball clouds …

I’m not sure of exactly when I first noticed them but I know that it was back in college. And it was definitely at summer’s end. I remember because I was out late with some friends and the temperature was warm and humid. We sat on blankets at a park by a little lake. It was then that I noticed them in the night sky. So delicate. So beautiful. They were everything perfect to my impressionable young heart. They softened me. And they stuck with me. So much so that every year at the same time I take note of our night sky. I’m sure that they have a scientific name and reason but I never cared to learn them. I just simply enjoy them for what they are to me. Fond memories. The coming of age. Hope. Love. Friendship. I have seen a lot of incredible night and early morning skies over the past 3 decades but these will always remain my favorite.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see cotton ball clouds!!!

Celebrating a lifetime of love and friendship …

Yesterday I went to the wedding of one of my best friends from high school. It was a pretty darn perfect day in my opinion. The weather was gorgeous. The bride and groom were happy. And the reception was a blast! We all had so much fun. And I think the biggest reason why, is that this beautiful couple brought a lot of us together who hadn’t been in been in REAL contact, other than through social media and maybe an occasional event here and there, for a long time. It was so good to see everyone. It was like no time had passed at all. We danced and laughed and joked and talked and shared just like we did over 30 years ago. I think that if decades later you can feel as comfortable with your high school friends, as you did in high school, then you have definitely been blessed with special friendships. I know that I have been and I’m truly thankful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you celebrate a lifetime of love and friendship!!!

Young at heart …

Last night some of my sorority sisters and I went out to celebrate the life of our dear sister who passed away two years ago. It was a nice night reminiscing and just being together. We all needed it. I know that I certainly did. In our discussions we talked about our younger years, the struggles we have faced, the decisions that we have made along the way and happiness we have chosen to find. It’s funny, despite the years that have passed and all that has changed, so much of me has remained the same. And I like that. I still feel like that college girl on most days. The one with hope in her heart and a smile on her face. The one who wanted to look back across her years and be able to tell epic stories to her grandchildren. As a 50 year old woman, I can honestly say that YEARS and NUMBERS mean nothing to me. And what does matter to me is my health, making sure that I walk through life with genuine and authentic souls and not letting bitterness take ahold of me. If I can sneak in some fun in there, find some joy, follow a few passions and gain some wisdom from lessons learned along the way, then I don’t see how I can ever complain.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel young at heart!!!

Remembering a friend …

Last night Libs and I went to see Come From Away. I won’t give any details about it other than to say it was a wonderful story about some very good people. Is that vague enough? HA! Anyway, I loved it. And it was a nice distraction to help me get through today a little easier. You see, today is the second anniversary of my friend Pam’s passing. I think about her every day but as this day was approaching I felt my emotions building. I woke with a heavy heart. I grieve for her. DEEP. Tonight a few of us will get together to reminisce about our life with her and to celebrate our friendship. I need it. This will be good for me and my broken heart … because I miss her and this really hurts.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you remember a dear friend!!!

Hullabaloo …

You know that your best friend loves you unconditionally when you use words that are totally out of character for you, but she somehow doesn’t call you on your kookiness. I guess maybe she’s just used to it by now. HA! Dang, I love that woman!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you cause a hullabaloo!!!

Catching up …

This morning I had breakfast with a dear friend. It’s been far too long since our last meet-up, but we picked up like no time had ever passed. We shared our recent experiences, our thoughts and, of course, our love and support.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to catch up!!!

A friend like mine…

This morning I had coffee and spent time with my close friend Patti. Except she lives in Minnesota and we were texting. But it’s all GOOD! It was early, the house was quiet and we had time for long drawn out texts about life. It was everything I needed. Patti is that honest, going to tell it like it is, type of friend. And I love it. AND HER. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and will kick me in my tush when I need it. This is also the same woman who talked about me running my first marathon far before I ever ran my first half. She sees things in me, I never can. She has awakened thoughts in my head, I didn’t even know where there. And let me tell you, when this women believes in you, she makes sure that you do too. She is just awesome that way!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a friend like mine!!!