05 November 2010

A Good Friend

Christianne and I have known each other since our earliest days in college, but it wasn't until a few years after we had graduated (and reconnected through blogging -- what else??) that a close friendship developed. Despite the geographical distance separating us (she in Florida, me in Washington), she would be the person I called with my good news or when I felt like things were falling apart. And since then, she has been one I count as a soul-friend: someone who gets me, who has seen me at my messiest, and who has continued to love me through it all.

me & my friend (04 November 2010)

She arrived on Tuesday solely for the purpose of offering her presence.

Our time together passed far too quickly, but it was such a gift to have her here. Just having her here was healing for me -- whether we were giggling or laughing hysterically, or just letting her hold my hand while I cried. There was no agenda, no schedule -- just time left wide open for whatever it needed to be.

She has such a gift for listening sincerely and intently, for just being present without a need to say anything, for letting the questions be questions. And she's a really good person to get goofy and laugh with, also.

It was an incredible gift of love that brought her here, and a gift to both of us to have her here. Much love to you, my friend. So much love!

10 comments:

terri said...

this made me cry. it doesn't take much lately, but still. :) love you.

christianne said...

Oh my goodness. Only tears at reading this. I love you, and it was such a gift to have shared these days with you. Thank you for opening your home -- and most of all, your heart -- to me, my lovely friend.

xoxo always,
Christianne

KLaw said...

I am so glad that you have such a wonderful friend in your life. These friends are one in a million. Cherish them.

Sarah said...

So lovely that she could be with you that way. I'm so glad! In fact, glad doesn't begin to cover it.

Rebecca said...

You said it perfectly! Christianne does have a gift for listening sincerely and intently, and for being present without needing to say anything. And, yes, she definitely is a good person to get goofy with. I am so full of joy knowing that she could make the trip be with you. I'm sure it was good for both of you! =)

Marcy XOXO said...

How sweet! So nice to have somebody by your side that can do what she does!! Nice to find that one friend that has all those qualities. Take Care!

Danny said...

this makes me really really happy :)

Lisa said...

so glad for the time you had to share :)

Jamie said...

I am thankful that you have such a wonderful and loving friend! I pray everyone has a friend like that!

not2brightGRAM said...

Christianne is a lovely woman. And I think I know the secret to your close friendship. It's because you have that crazy curly hair in common! (hope that made you smile) XOXO