Friday, July 23, 2004

Very rarely in life do you find friends that are there when you need them, even through all the twists and turns on your path. Generally, people come into our lives as we need them, and then as we grow and change, our friendships do as well. We run into those old friends we haven't spoken to in awhile, and there's a period of awkwardness as we try to sum up the past years of our lives in just a few moments. We struggle to converse, and then they're gone, to be "updated" with the same awkwardness the next time we happen upon them.

But sometimes, if you're lucky, someone falls into your life that grows and changes with you, the blessing of permanance is given, and those friends are there in our hearts forever, even if they are physically across the country, or across the world. You can go months without speaking to them, but when you do again, the time between you vanishes.

I am amazingly blessed to have a few friends like that. Two of them have birthdays this weekend.

I moved halfway across the country, into the snowbelt of New York State, alone except for the cats. When I did that, I found my "second husband." Someone who I fought with, who took care of me, made me laugh, laughed with me, helped me move three times in 14 months, rescued me three times in two weeks when I locked the keys in my car with the engine running and three feet of snow on the ground, and made me cry when I had to say goodbye to him. "Chemistry" is something that is almost indefinable in a public relationship like actors in a movie, or partners on a radio station. Jeff and I had more chemistry in five minutes together than most people get after years. Working with him was the ONLY thing that kept me going at a very abusive workplace, and I'd go back to doing a morning show with him in a heartbeat. When I moved back to Baltimore with GB, it was tough to keep in touch. But we just talked a few weeks ago, for almost two hours, and the chemistry was still there, he still made me laugh. I wish I could be there today for his birthday, because I know his wife is probably throwing him a great party. But I had to hand him off to Joe, albeit capable hands, and I know that he'll be in my heart even if he's not in my town. I love you, Jeffy! Happy birthday!

Jeff's the cute one... Posted by Hello

I met Laura when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school, when she was in a play with my brother in college. They were the best of friends, and soon Laura came to be my friend too. She is everything I want to be when I grow up - traffic-stoppingly beautiful, amazingly kind, generous, talented beyond belief, brave, sincere, loving, and funnier than any beautiful woman needs to be. She is in Japan right now, away from her husband, family, and old friends on a 13 month tour at Disney Tokyo. Remember the name Laura Hodos - she's got at least a few Tony's in her future, I truly believe that. Her birthday's tomorrow, and she tells me some co-workers in Japan are taking her to dinner. She may not be near George or any of those silly American's who love her here, but she's in our hearts, too! Happy birthday, Laura!

Spring in Japan Posted by Hello

Oh, and just to make sure there's SOME knitting references here, this is what Laura will be getting in the mail any day now, knit by me!

Necklace & Close Up Posted by Hello

Thoughts for the Day:

John Glenn - “For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.”

Susan Brownell Anthony - “Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory.”


Blogger caramelknits said...

What a beautiful testament to friendship. I have a couple of friends like that too and consider myself so very luck to have them in my life. Would that everyone could at least have one enduring friendship...the world would be a better place. :)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

That necklace is beautiful! I have a few old friends like that, Boss is one of them.

7:10 AM  

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