Monday, March 08, 2010

friend is such an understatement

Lately I have been struck by the beauty of all my friends. Their grace astounds me. Their talents impress me. Their generosity leaves me speechless.

If you are one of my cronies, reading this blog, because you support me in all I do, I'm telling you now, you aren't just the cherry on top of my life. You are the cakey goodness that holds everything up.

rach, me, jenny

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I like the way you’re not afraid
You’ve got the world planned in your mind
People say you cannot do
But they don’t know a friend like you

The girl you love has gone away
Still too young to know her heart
She’ll return her love renewed
Cause she’ll never find a friend like you

When I had no one to call
All the world had shut me down
I showed up at your door so blue
Thank God I had a friend like you

Any times I’ve gone without
A home, a meal, a pair of shoes
If you had three you’d give me two
There ain't no other friend like you

I've been so stressed lately. I've got soooo many Secondsister orders to get in the post. I've got to finish off my studio and be done with it. I've got family and church obligations and I've got a husband leaving for China.

On Saturday, I had planned to work like mad to try and get ahead of the game a little. Jenny had other plans for me.

She reminded me that we had scheduled facials.

We laid on parallel tables and got those facials. We didn't talk. We just enjoyed.

We went to lunch because Jenny takes her meals very seriously. We also got macarons. Jenny is even more serious about her desserts. And who was I to argue with macarons?

We talked a little.

We went to get manicures and pedicures. I knew I wasn't getting home to my studio anytime soon.

We sat in the spa chairs, not talking, reading our People magazines.

We went shopping. Sometimes we browsed together asking the other's opinion. Sometimes we wandered off on our own.

We got home around dinnertime.

I got zero work done on Saturday.

And I just wanted to say, thanks Jenny.

Thanks for giving me a day away from my studio.

Thanks for the laughs.

And most of all, thanks for the quiet times.

You always know just what I need even if I don't know it myself.

"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weakness." Ann Landers


tollestrupfamily said...

You made me smile and say a little prayer of gratitude that I have you in my life. Who knew......many runs, juicy talks, a marathon, moves, new babies and lost babies, girls weekends, shopping and art projects....who knew you would be such an important part of my life. Thank you for being my Aprah.

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

tollestrupfamily said...

So you are officially famous. A friend of mine clicked through to your blog from another blog onto your paper wreath post. She saw the picture of us and made the connection. How fun!