I just opened an email from a dear friend that I’ve known now for over thirty-five years. Her encouraging words sure brought a great big ole smile to my face, a smile that stretched all the way to my heart. Hearing from her again reminded me of something another friend said to me back in the early Eighties.
“Have you ever noticed how with really good friends you can go without seeing each other for a really long time but whenever you do meet up again, you just take up wherever you were? It feels like you just saw each other last week.”
Boy Howdy! It really is like that, isn’t it?
A few weeks ago, a good friend and I met up with a mutual friend that I hadn’t seen in several years. The three of us have been good friends since 2004. Felt just like it was only yesterday. We sat and talked, joked, and laughed together as if we’d been spending time together every weekend.
I love how that is! How deep down good it feels and how wonderful and reassuring! How delightful it is when true friends spend time together!
Even when years pass by without so much as a “Hi, how are you?” once you’re back together, it’s like it hasn’t been any time at all. No matter how many months and miles have passed between you, you still feel close. Every time that happens, I think again about those friends I miss and yearn for. I remember the last time we met together, and I am reminded how thrilling and fulfilling it is to be reunited.
Whenever I hear from an old friend or get the chance to meet together with them again, I think, “Man! Heaven is going to be so tee-totally absolutely awesome!”