Day 6, 7, 8:Old Friends

They say that people come in to your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  I am so lucky to have had all three.

There have been people in my life who have taught me lessons, helped me through a trying time, worked on worthy causes with me.  Those are the ones who have been here for a reason.  I remember years ago when the Snake River flooded our county, I worked with some terrific people who came together to feed over 10,000 meals in a three day period for the folks doing the sandbagging.  At the time, I would have called them my friends, even though we only came together for a reason.

There have been those who have been with me for a season, people who come in to your life with a bang and then as swiftly leave it again.  Most of these were work related, people that you connected with on some level, but your paths no longer cross.  There are some special Jaycees that also fall here, I don’t know where I would be today without the people that I was once so close with.

And then there are the lifers…..the ones that as I get ready to move on to the next adventure, I’m most concerned about how to stay in touch with them.  I know I will miss someone who deserves to be mentioned and thanked, but there are a few that I have to talk about – in no particular order.

Anita has been my closest work friend for years.  We connected way back when we both worked in the same building but for different people.  She left for a while and then came back and we were fortunate enough to get to work side by side for many years – literally, our offices were right next to each other.  She is the first person to see when something is wrong, the first person to offer a level of comfort.  We can talk to each other both professionally and personally and I have never had a truer friend.  She gets me, our lives outside of work don’t cross often, but I know that she is the one who will listen any time I need to talk.

Sara is a friend I met through work, but our paths converged on many more levels than that.  She is my fun friend, the one I can run away from the world with, we drink, we dance, we mis-behave – all in the name of fun.  She knows my secrets. She is carefree and generous, she is loving and talented, she is grounded in family and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of that family, not by blood or marriage, but just because they accept me.

Vicki, I can’t even tell you how we met, but she is one of those people who has always been around, she has shared holidays with me and is always up for an adventure.  She likes to attend events as much as I do, so whenever I have an extra ticket to something, she is the first person who comes to mind.  I appreciate her laugh and her ability to bring a positive attitude to any gathering.

Pam, we’ve only known each other for a few years, and we hardly ever see each other. As they sing in Wicked, “ I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good”  She has had an amazing life, once a year we try to get together and go away, just to try something new.  Pam has a billion friends and I hope I can be counted as one.  She is always game to go away somewhere, but our schedules are too convoluted to manage to do that often.

There is another group of girls that qualify as best friends as a whole – the Princesses, Anita, Cindy, Gina, Peggy and Carol.  Over the years the group grown larger and smaller, we used to get together at every First American meeting and have a Princess Party – a special dinner for just us girls – these girls know far more about me than any one person could, and I love that I got to be the Queen – such good times.

There are others who deserve to be on this list, in fact, so many that I love and appreciate, who have shaped and changed me.  If ever you wondered about the power of Facebook, think about those folks you have been able to connect with that you don’t see everyday, maybe you worked with them in the past (or even present) Jane, Mary Lou, Michelle, Terry, Susan, Sydnee, Adele, Mel, Cathy and more; maybe you went to high school with them, Terry, Wendy, Jane, Brian;  maybe you did girl scouts, Carrie, or theater, Cindy, Misty, Marv, Michelle; maybe it was Relay, Dawn, Kathy, Susan; it doesn’t matter, we get to stay more connected than ever before, and for that I am thankful, know that you are all in my heart, wherever I may be and I thank you for all that you have given me.

I will miss you.

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