There isn't much better in this world than being with those we care about. We think of our families first. Like a fish jumping in the lake, family is our first "ripple ring". But there many more rings as the ripples spread. Your best friends, your colleagues, or your neighbors all may end up in your ripple effect.
The other day I heard a quote that said, "Never miss a chance to hug an old friend". It's now on my refrigerator fighting for a place amid all the healthy eating signs my husband hangs there. Today I not only got to hug one but I got to have coffee with her too.
We shared so much it exhausts me to think about it. Working together day in and day out for years. Handling usually difficult situations that could bring you to tears, laughter, or just frustration equally fast. Sharing a glance in a tense meeting and reading each other's minds. Partying too. And then, fast forward. Time moves on and they are gone from your daily life.
It was like we were talking about yesterday. So real. Catching up on all the people we know...the one who had open heart surgery yesterday, the one who lost 60 pounds, the one moving to Destin, Florida. But best of all we talked about now! The now is retirement...the time when you can do whatever you want to do. A gift from the Gods!!!!!!
Talking about the past is fun but we don't live there anymore and we don't want to. Now we want to talk about new Ipads , yoga, her new blog, learning to paint, volunteering at MUST Ministries, reading at the library, planning a trip, staying healthy, and just loving each and every day.
Were you a Brownie? Or a Girl Scout? I was. That's where I learned to sing, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold." I hope I never forget it.