Friends are precious. I am freshly back from a yearly weekend mountain retreat with friends I have known since high school days. There is something special about keeping in touch for so many years, an ease in the way conversation can traverse over a decade of time in a matter of moments. These weekends are filled with good food (and food that is not so good for you, which is really good), downtown strolls, reading breaks, face-plant mid-afternoon naps, fresh air hikes, many laughs (some tears) and good conversations.
I pray that each one of you reading would enjoy and invest in friends like this. Friends who don't miss a beat in covering for you when the waitress asks if you all have kids (by replying that we either all have kids or husbands who are like kids). Friends you can laugh with, and quote The Princess Bride with. Friends who give you room to be yourself, who show through conversation that they genuinely care, who lift you up and celebrate and take joy with you. Friends who stay up late at night with the baby so you can get a wink of sleep. Friends who willingly share baby cuddles (I could have held her all weekend so I appreciate the sharing!). Friends who help you work through tough life questions, who rise with you in the morning and share hearts over coffee.
Thank you friends, whether in everyday life or connecting through these spaces, you are a charming gardener in my life and I am so grateful for you.