Today, while I was painting my house, I had an unexpected visit from one of my oldest and dearest friends. I really can’t remember a time when I did not know her. We grew up three blocks from one another and went to the same elementary, middle and high school. We also went to the same church, ran track together, was on the flag team together, went to every school dance or function together and we are both nurses. She was the maid of honor in my wedding and I was hers. She’s smart as a whip( our graduating class had 335 students, she was ranked #4) and beautiful.
Due to the daily grind that is life, we don’t see each other that often but, somehow, when a crisis is happening, we seek each other out. When my mom passed, she was the first person I wanted to talk to. When her mom passed, she came to my house. Today, she told me that after being married for 20 years, she’s getting a divorce. She needed a rock in her life and I gladly obliged. We laughed and giggled like the crazy, goofy high school girls we used to be. We have so much history we share that, it’s like talking to a piece of yourself. I know she must be hurting, 20 years is a lot of time to be with someone and have it come to an end.
I am just glad that she knows in her heart that, I am a constant force in her life. Someone who will always be there, even though we don’t see each other or talk too often. Someone who will help her forget that hurt for a minute by making her laugh so much that she is holding her stomach, begging for me to stop. Someone that I love with all of my heart….. my best friend forever.