Blog Challenge 22 is supposed to be about a current relationship and I take that to mean any relationship, so I would like to talk about some old friends from school.
I distinctly remember hearing my father say (many times) that I would never stay friends with the people I went to grade school or high school or maybe even, college with. My dad and I never exactly saw eye-to-eye on things, so my thought on the matter was “Challenge Accepted!”
And I won. I am supremely blessed in the friends category. I have friends that I worked with (I love my Flea people) and friends that I met through the schools my children have attended (I love my Camp Tramps and my Sports Buddies too). I have friends from the church we used to attend (my fellow outcasts) and from college (the Hill was never the same)!
I have one really close friend that I made in high school that I still spend time with (Yay Super Nurse!) and one who I don’t see, but chat with on Facebook quite a bit (Congrats on the wedding!). As a matter of fact, thanks to Facebook I talk to several of the people I went to school with on a regular basis!!
But today, I want to talk about three very special friends–my three besties from elementary school. *Gulp* Elementary school?!? That was, ahem, a few years ago!
I met these girls when I transferred to a new school in 3rd grade. I couldn’t tell you who I met first or who I was friends with first. I can tell you that they didn’t always like each other and sometimes I was the only common denominator. Of course, I wasn’t always a nice little kid, so I can guarantee that sometimes they didn’t like me either!!! That all changed somewhere along the way and we formed a pretty powerful bond.
One, two, or all three of those girls were at the center of my social life for years. There were parties and sleepovers and trips to the mall. And not to name names (Missy), but one of those girls was a top contributor at least half of the times I got grounded!! (I love you…teeheehee.)
I won’t lie and say it was all perfect. We had our share of arguments and differences. Some of us went months or even years without seeing or speaking to one another. But in the end, we always come back together. And that’s what I love most about these girls…that we can go so very long without being together and in an instant it’s like we just talked yesterday.
Now we are all grown-up. We have nine children between the four of us–seven boys and two girls ranging from elementary school to college! We make an effort to get together at least every couple of years without significant others and children. Those are wonderful times!
We met recently at The Melting Pot. (What’s not to love about The Melting Pot, right?) It’s a wonderful dining experience, but an even better experience was sitting with three amazing people and reminiscing about the past! We were there for hours. Not because the service was slow, by any means, but because we had so much to talk about. We talked a lot. And laughed a lot. Loudly! We had an awesome little server who told us to stay as long as we wanted. She even gave us tips on what to do if we got into any trouble. “Always have a Plan B!” I wonder if they ever thought of setting aside a specific area just for old friends who haven’t seen each other in a while? Maybe a back corner, where we couldn’t get into any trouble!!!
At any rate, we had a wonderful reunion. Just like the other times, it takes us about two seconds to get back in the swing of things! Those girls (and yes, I still think of them as girls) have been a big part of my life since I was eight years old. I cherish every memory I have with them and I’m so glad I’ve been gifted with their friendship for all of these years. I don’t know when the next “reunion” is going to be, but we are all turning 40 this year. That means we have 32 years worth of friendship to celebrate. Didn’t I hear somebody say Las Vegas??
P.S. Shaunnah, Missy, and Melodie…I love you all so, so much. I feel like I always have and I know I always will. But you better believe if I could’ve found our old snapshots from grade school, they would be in this post!!! Muuuuuaaaaah!