|My fifth birthday party circa 1975|
(Gretchen is in the red striped shirt, I am beside her in the light blue)
We can find out a lot on Facebook these days. Some things I will admit, I wish I really didn't know. I see it as a blessing and a curse. We can keep up with each other if we want, but we can ignore what we want to by simply acting like we didn't see that post. I have hated it because there are times I feel moved to call or send a note but then I second guess and think "aww, I haven't seen them since (whenever)"
Guess what the voice was saying in my head as I processed the information about my sweet friend Gretchen? Yep...wondering what I could do was the first thing and then wondering would she even remember WAY back when we were in middle school? I knew I couldn't attend the benefit coming up for help with her medical bills but I WAS going up to southern Minnesota to visit my Grandma THIS week!
|Here is Gretchen and I in my baby sister's crib while she|
is being held and watching - I have no clue what we were doing!
Our visit with Grandma went as well as could be expected (I reported on that yesterday if you missed the post) with dementia. It was time to get in the van and figure out what we were going to do next in Waseca, Minnesota! When we got settled in the van, the girls asked me what we are going to do now. Stacey said "Mom, it is time to call your friend!" I had left her a message on FB on Sunday night but hadn't heard from her and I was a little nervous to call out of the blue but yes, it was that time to dial the number. In my mind I am hoping and praying that she remembers me and isn't wondering who is the crazy woman on the other end of the line!
|A summer visit to the farm (circa middle school)|
How fun it was to reunite with a long-time (because we are not old) friend and pick up where we left off. There was a lot to catch up on and we spent about two-and-a-half hours talking and laughing. We now have kids and husbands and jobs and wow...we are grown ups! That sweet dear friend I had in the very early years of my life had grown up to be a sweet dear woman with a family and life that warmed my heart. What I set out to do, encourage her and bring a little sunshine to her day really blessed ME in a big way.
My girls talked much of the trip home about my friend Gretchen and how cool she is (Stacey was endeared to her from moment one when she answered the door in an Under Armour shirt!). The girls listened and laughed and shared in the conversation too. I was proud of them for hanging out with their mom and her friend without complaint. The time really did fly.
|We both agree that we still look the same!|
She is slowly recovering and I am so thankful for that! And it was so good to see that for myself. The girls were impressed with her attitude and her determination and who doesn't want great role models for their kids. I really was moved by how much the girls got from our visit. She is a busy lady with a senior and middle schooler and we were so blessed by her attitude and faith filled spirit! Sometimes we go into a situations thinking about how much WE can give and God uses it to minister to our hearts.
No more "talking myself out" of things. Life is too precious and people that we have been blessed to know in our lives are too big a treasure to hide in the back of our minds where we can lurk into their lives on Facebook whenever it is convienent for us. I have done enough of that and I would rather REALLY keep in touch. I don't want to just care, I want the people I care about to KNOW I care! What a blessing our trip to Minnesota was!