Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time passes, friends stay

Sometimes when you’re feeling lost or adrift all it takes to bring you back on course is a day with old friends.

I’ve mentioned before how I don’t have many longtime friends but the friendships I do have are tried and tested and hopefully there for the long run.

With our wee ones

They’re built on experiences past, on teenage angst and drama, of melodramatic fights and teary reconciliations, on growing pains, on monumental milestones both exhilarating and tragic. 

These friendships withstand the test of time, of distance, of months without speaking, of years without meeting. We don’t really know what’s going on in our day to day lives but when we meet it’s like no time at all has passed. True, we have to catch up on each others’ news, but we already know and love each other, we accept each other, we understand where we come from and where we’re going in a way that newer friendships don’t.

In our hearts we’d like to be closer, we’d like to share more and be there for one another more, we’d like our children to be friends, to share in each others’ lives. And yet these days, though few and far between, that we have together are like prized treasures that we can keep in our hearts and memories till the next time. And I hope that our children will value these friendships, built on their mothers’ past, and will one day feel the anticipation of seeing their far-flung friends for an instant, a precious, cherished instant that will bring them joy for years to come.

So a few pictures of a day with old friends, cause spending a day with friends is good for the soul and good for the heart.

The boys playing with the funnest big boy toy of the season - a remote controlled helicopter that sounds like an annoying fly buzzing around the house. Thankfully the battery only lasts about ten minutes, but those ten minutes bring pure joy in the boys' hearts.

Cooking breakfast for the Italians

The chef

Venison and pork sausage, a family specialty

Can you tell we're in Texas?!

trying to figure out how the large, professional helicopter works

more complicated than one would think of a toy...

I wish we had this playroom!

Enjoying the balmy Houston weather


The husband and me

Daddy's hard at work


All this digging.... I'm exhausted!

trying to be like the big girl

Look Ma, no hands!!

What says Texas more than riding in the back of a truck?!


  1. This is a wonderful post!  I've forwarded to one of my dearest friends-- whom I met in high school-- b/c even though we only talk monthly or so, and see each other a few times a year-- she is a true friend.  We've been through a lot and are always there for each other-- and now we're in our 40s with kids-- how weird-- but I just loved the way you wrote it.  Glad you got to spend time with a dear friend and get back to Texas.  Your photos are precious!

  2. I love you. That is all.

  3. Thanks! I know, it's absurd but when we're with old friends it's like we're back in high school... but without all the angst, fortunately! 

  4. Fabulous pictures! Old friends are the best friends:)

  5. It looks like a fabulous time! Makes me miss my BFF even more. We were lucky to squeeze in a 30 minute phone call over the holidays. x

  6. I love that first picture of you and your friend, you both look so happy.  Old friends are the best, they are the ones you can go years without seeing and pick up right where you left off.

  7. True! Also, re. the pics, husband got an awesome new camera for xmas so I'm going to be flooding this poor blogs with pictures from now on...

  8. One would think that with Skype and all that it would be easier to keep in touch, but it really isn't for some reason.

  9. Thank God for old friends, new friends, and blogging friends!

  10. It looks like you had a very, very good time with your friends : ) So happy for you. Good friends are definitely something that makes life 100% better, right? : ) Totally jealous of your nice warm weather!

  11. it's the time change that screws me. :-(