Have you met my best friend Julie? She's amazing. Truly amazing. We have been friends since that first day of kindergarten so many years ago. We have been through ups and we have been through downs. In high school our friendship only grew stronger when she moved to South Carolina. We made the effort to visit each other several times a year. Over these many years our relationship has grown and developed into what is is today. She is my family.
Thursday I had a bit of an emotional day and that is why I abandoned the blog until now. I made the very difficult decision to let go of a friendship that I have had for over 15 years. It truly was one of the hardest choices I have ever made, but in my heart I believe I made the right decision. I am at a point in my life where I cannot surround myself with negative people. When I look at Julie I know the true meaning of friendship. It carries qualities of a marriage. You share, you give, you receive. You open your heart knowing that it WILL NOT get hurt. You are selfless because you think of your "Julie" first. You learn to become each other's anchor and eventually you know that nothing can break that bond.
Since Julie was in South Carolina for her birthday we celebrated on Friday night. I was ready for a much needed night out after Thursday's emotions and Julie was ready to celebrate. Before heading to Benders we walked around downtown for First Friday and mingled with friends that we saw. Since the kids were at my parents we could take our time and hang out and that's exactly what happened. An evening filled with good food, wine and lots of conversation. Late night coffees, music and hanging out at a friends house until the wee hours of the evening. I could use one of those nights more often!
Since the kids where at my parents I even got a run in before dinner. I was planning on writing a blog post but decided that I needed a run. I never run at night and I think I may start. The dark cool sky was peaceful and serene which made for a great run. And to come home and take a shower with no interruptions? That's unheard of. And if that wasn't enough Jon and I enjoyed breakfast and coffee followed by looking at houses.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend and took a moment to embrace your friendships. Take time from your day and celebrate friends. They are your anchor in life.