It was a cold and windy day that April – despite my plans for a spectacular birthday celebration at the park. Trent, whose first birthday we were celebrating, was keeping warm in the car along with several other little ones because it was absolutely dreadful outside. I can’t tell you how thankful I was when one of our friends invited us to move the party to their house.
Seven years later, we got to repay the favor. Last weekend the same friends were in town and had a BBQ planned at the park, but God had plans for rain. As we prepared our home for company I was reminded of Trent’s birthday party and reminisced over our seven years of friendship…
It’s crazy how quickly time can seem to pass by and how quickly kids seem to grow up. The second grade seven year old girl that I met seven years ago is now quite possibly as tall or taller than I am and in high school. A lot has happened in the past seven years. And a lot has changed. Some have moved on to plant churches, jobs have carried others away (and back again). Our once group of single friends are nearly all married and many are now mommy’s and daddy’s. It was so wonderful to reunite with many old friends at the BBQ, but also a tiny bit sad. It’s the way life goes… change. But it sure is crazy when you you realize all at once just how long it’s been and just how much has changed.
I am really not great at keeping up on FB. In fact, I’m often told information about some of my dearest friends because someone else read it online. I’d rather pop over to your house with a plate of cookies, and feel free to do the same to me (I’m a sucker for monster cookies). But, life is so full and so busy these days. We are all here and there and have to schedule our play dates two weeks out, and I don’t have time to pop over anywhere and before you know it it’s been seven years, we’ve missed the last two and now you’ve moved out of state. Maybe I should get on FB more often. And maybe we should all just slow down a little bit too. For many of us… we are all going to the same place, and much of this busyness isn’t going to matter when we get there. I think a couple we know just started a new thing where they call a friend each week, on the phone (texting doesn’t count). Not for any reason, no agenda, just to talk and catch up. My friend of seven years who had the BBQ… we used to do that. Several years ago. I think I should start the same resolution.