Monday, August 28, 2006

Friends

I had dinner tonight with some of my very favorite women. In the front row of this picture are Lindsay's best friend since second grade, Eliza, who is also her roommate at OU, and my best friend since high school, Carla. In the back row is Lindsay, our friend April, moi, and Kelsey. We all had dinner tonight at The Old Bag of Nails Irish Pub. It was a great time filled with lots of laughs, memories, and catching up.
Some of you will recall my talking about April and asking for prayers for her. Last summer she successfully battled multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. After weeks spent at the Cleveland Clinic, she has been in remission. This form of cancer is never considered "cured" and may come back at any time, but her oncologist doesn't feel that is likely to happen. April and I grew up on the same side of town, she's three years older than me, but one of her brothers was my age. She married and moved to California where she lived until 16 years ago when she came back to Delaware and came to work as an attorney in the law office where I work. She has two boys the same age as my girls and her oldest son is friends with Lindsay and Eliza and the group of friends that they hung out with in high school.
Do you have friends that you would simply be lost without? Friends that you wish you were able to spend more time with? My 76 year old mother still visits regularly with friends that she has had since grade school, whichI think is pretty incredible. I would be lost without any of the women in this picture. But I would also be lost without many of the friends I have "met" online. Some I have met in person, others I have not, but certainly would like to. It's interesting how the internet has made my simple little world a little bit bigger and made my heart a little bigger too, to hold all of my friends!
I feel very fortunate to have each and every one of you in my life!
Hugs,
Laurie

6 comments:

Stacy~ said...

You know, I'm pretty much a loner, and while I have good friends I've known since the 7th grade, I don't keep in touch with them too frequently. I know that sounds strange, and I adore my on-line friends like nobody's business, but I'm really my own best friend. It's just how I am.

But the friends I do have, the ones who mean the most to me, I will have always. We may not talk all the time, or it may be several months between visits or phone calls, but we are there for each other, without question. It's extremely comforting knowing that.

Jill said...

I've been thinking about friends a lot lately, and what they mean. I'm so glad to have met you online! Someday ... in person! Loved your post.

Cryna said...

I have some friends that I have known for years, that maybe I don't hear from every week, but we knw we can count on each other.

Then I have the whole world of online friends that I have made over the past couple of years. One day I really hope to be able to them......

Laurie loved your post. And so glad that your friend April is in remission.

Jennifer Y. said...

Hugs Laurie! I am a lot like Stacy...I don't really have a lot of friends "in person" but I have many online that I am glad to have "met."

Judy F said...

I am so happy April is doing well. I don't know what I would have done without my friends esp the last year. It was a rough time and you all were a huge help. I have been friends with Ann since freshman year in high school. Though its only been a few years(LOL)ok decades..I would be lost without her. I don't see her as often as I like but she is deep in my heart.

I can't believe how many close friends I have met online. I am basically pretty quite and it amazes people that I am a talker on line.

Thanks bunches Laurie

Laurie D. said...

Thanks to all of you for stopping by! You're all very special women!