I think there are many types of friendship that make the world go round. Some people are like Layla, a social butterfly, with a large group of friends. Each day changes who is the "best" friend. She has a great group from school this year. Some are more like Ava, quieter, loyal, happier playing with cousins than school friends. She has many different friends and always has someone to partner up with, but no particular best friend or group. I think I'm a balance between the girls. When it comes down to it I feel most comfortable with my sisters who have always been my best friends (except for the high school years...not so friendly) and with my best friend who is like a sister. I always feel happiest with these three women...they know me, let me be myself and make me laugh like no other. I also enjoy my more casual friendships...work friends, neighbor friends, mom friends from the kids school. Women I may not know as well, but enjoy time and conversations with and learning more about them and myself in the process.
Then there were the core friendships I had with a group of girls...some from high school, some from college. Girls who were such an important part of my growing up and shaping who I would turn out to be. Women who are now scattered across the country. Friends I still think about often with the fondest of memories, who I keep in touch with thanks to Facebook and email. Friends who when we see each other will spend hours catching up. Friends who if they lived closer would be women I know I would share long conversations with over lunches or glasses of vino.
And, then there are future friendships that haven't even begun. Women who I may not even have met who will come into my life at a different stage. Who I will get to know, learn from and will leave a mark like all the others in my life.
I'm with Layla's friend. If I was to make a dandelion wish it would also be "that we would all be friends forever."
Things have been a little out of sorts this week. I've worked a bit more and had a sick baby for a couple of days...
|She always looks more like her little baby self when she's sick|
Our whole valley has blossomed and turned green overnight. Everything smells fresh, green and floral. And, my most favorite flower ever is blooming in our backyard...
I love everything about lilacs. Their color, their smell and their promise of the summer months to come.