Friend Forever | Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday — time to write with absolute abandon.
Why? Because it’s Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo’s and
that’s what hundreds of us do on Friday.

So time to start the ticker and write for
a full five minutes full-out without editing or correcting
on just one word —
FRIEND

BEGIN.

So many friends, plural. How to pick one friend, singular, to write about?

Friends from church — risky business to write about them. I might get something wrong. Friends from work — since retirement those friends aren’t so close, except one (we email every single day!) Family members are sometimes friends; sometimes not.

I know who! I’ll write about my best friend.

We met almost 33 years ago. We joined the same congregation within weeks of each other. Eventually we ended up singing in the choir together.

At the time we had a great deal in common. Both divorced. Each had a child or children. Both were working hard. Both were trying to make the best of past hurts. Both hoped to marry again some day.

Soon we were spending a good deal of time together. Sometimes with our kids, and sometimes just the two of us over coffee or at a movie. We enjoyed each other’s company and the ability to talk about the same things. And, yes, lean on each other as friends often do.

It became clear that we would be lifetime friends, and our friendship has grown over the last 33 years into something almost unimaginable.

Together every day. Chat over breakfast. Putter around the house doing our own thing. Sometimes we spontaneously take off in our red convertible, when weather allows, and drive down country roads. One of us still sings in church choir, and the other writes two blogs and works on a book.

Our children are grown now. We have grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Retirement allows us to be together 365 days a years, 24/7, and we even grocery shop together.

Our love is unconditional. We accept each other just as we are.

When we said “I do,” we meant it for life.

We are best friends. Then, now and forever.

 

(Image added after five minutes were up)

Lots of folks come together to do this every Friday.
Want to read what some of them have written today?
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5 minute friday

 

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7 thoughts on “Friend Forever | Five Minute Friday

  1. Oh, that’s so sweet! I married my best friend, too–and we still love each other and make each other better people and enjoy spending time with each other. God has truly blessed me with an earthly friendship that far outshines all others :).

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    • Oh, it’s so nice to hear you too married your best friend! And I gather you have been through some stressful times. Times that aren’t always easy. Three years ago my husband and I helped with caregiving for his older brother. Not cancer but a rare and not often heard of dementia that took him away in a short 18 months. We traveled frequently, almost every two weeks, five hours each way. That alone became stressful, but watching my husband lose his best brother friend was very hard. I learned so much through God’s presence in our marriage at that time. Just had to share this with you as a “recovering” caregiver.

      Have a blessed weekend!

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