That’s What Friends Are For …

I got together with one of my girlfriends yesterday.

I was shocked to realize we hadn’t seen each other in a year.

A year!

We live fairly close to each other.

There is no reason why we should have gone so long without seeing each other.

(Yes, we’ve talked on the phone and/or texted.)

We had a great time getting caught up.

She’s had a very busy year … with a move to a different house, etc.

Seeing her made me realize, this past year (for me) was a full-speed, whirlwind, BLUR.

I can’t believe all the places I’ve been, and all the things I’ve done, over the last twelve months.

My photography career has been crazy in a wonderful, delightful, way these past couple years.

My friend and I have stayed aware of each other’s daily lives via Facebook, etc.

For instance, she knew about Fred The Puppy and The Puppy Snatcher (as I’ve taken to calling her).

Yes, I have nicknames for almost everyone I’ve ever met …. ¬†Why do you ask??

A Puppy Snatcher will dangle a puppy in front of you, let you hold it, let you cuddle it, send you photos of it, tell you it’s yours, help you name it, make sure you’ve fallen in love with it, and then SNAP! ¬†Snatch it away!

My friend was the first person on the scene of my car accident eight years ago.

She was in a car right behind me … witnessing helplessly, as my life was shattered.

She helped take care of me, and my family, as I went through the worst years post-accident …

Surgery after surgery and horrific pain.

She was called to testify as a witness to the accident.

She knows, probably better than most, how much a service dog would help me.

We talked about all the transitions in both her life and mine over the past few years.

You would think life would slow down a little as your kids leave the nest.

For both of us, however, life is really busy.

She’s made a career change,

And my life has taken on a momentum all of its own.

Sometimes it’s a good thing to stop and take account of where you were a few years back,

And where you are now.

One thing was clear to both of us yesterday.

Friendships are way too important to be put on a back burner.

We will both be pushing The Chaos of Life aside to make more time to get together.

Our next friend date?

It’s later this week.

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