This weekend was surely one to remember. A three-hour drive through Ohio’s lovely snow belt is always a thrill, of course, but the best part of the weekend was obviously seeing some of the very best people in my life. I think I’ve learned in the past year how important yet rare friendship is. I’ve seen strong companionship slip away suddenly in a storm and watched it grow back into blossom when sunshine returned. I’ve also had friendship fly away as quickly as paper on a windy day. There is also friendship that loses it’s beauty after time or when too much or too little is said. These sort of friendships that are fickle or become bittersweet or dreary make the ones that last seem golden, even through the bumps in the road.
After enough laughter, smiles, dinner rolls, jokes, songs, tickle-fights, crazy driving, hugs, Pacman-kicking, pictures, stars, pizza, eating with forks, “in-tents” camping, biting into food, and, of course, love, I’ve seen how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life. Thank you to you two, Justin and Trent, for making me see how fortunate I am not just to have you both, but for all the lovely people I’m lucky enough to know. You two make fun of me more than anybody else I know, embarrass me, make me feel stupid, act like I don’t exist, and hit me in the head with Pacman, but you are two of the most important and influential people in my life. Thank you for always being there for me, supporting me, encouraging me, and for never giving up on me. You never fail to be honest and upfront and you are always yourselves, no matter where you are or who you’re with. Even better, you accept me for who I am and never ask me to be anything else; that means the world to me. I’m glad I can count on you both to never change; that makes you two of the most remarkable people I know! Time spent with you two is always the best – weird, but the best – and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I thought I should let you know how much I appreciate and love you both! ♥
As our Youth Choir director, Charles R. Snyder, once said before a Cardinal Chorale concert, it is not the days that you remember but the moments. ♥