There are lots of friends in this life. But some are terribly hard to find. They are the ones you don’t even realize you’ve found until they are a natural part of your life. The ones who invite themselves to your house mid-flu-season with a yummy soup and cheerful flowers. The ones who make everything they touch beautiful. The ones who wear heart-shaped glasses that make you roll your eyes in love, because it reminds you that they live life with their heart exposed. The kind that walk through the deep, dark ugly days – yours and their own, and while they may flinch, they don’t run. The kind who make you laugh but aren’t afraid when you cry.
I am so lucky to have many friends like this. They are my lovelies. Some are near, and too many are too far away.
One such lovely is about to board a plane to her new home tomorrow. We’re excited for her new chapter of life – and the many visits we’ll have to make to Hawaii for visits (I know, I know, we are selfless when it comes to visiting friends). But also, “see-ya-later” is not the same as “see-ya-tomorrow”, and it makes you look at the chapter-past, to celebrate the life that has been shared, and take a few deep sighs for what will change as life is now shared long-distance. What did people do before text messaging, face time and frequent flyer miles? I mean, seriously.
So today, take a minute. Look around you and take stock of those friends that are hard to find. The lovelies in your world. If they are long-distance already, send them a message or a smile or maybe even an old-fashioned postcard with blue ink and everything. If they are right next door, run over for a just-because-hug.
And celebrate. Celebrate that God made this whack-a-doo life to be shared.