Last weekend I attended my 20 year COLLEGE reunion! That’s right 20 years! I had such a wonderful time catching up with my favorite girls from Converse – there were six of us who were ALWAYS together. We laughed and reminisced about some of the ridiculous things we used to do. We even took a trip to Krispy Kreme on Friday night around midnight like we used to do
when we were up late studying!! Who knew that an intense amount of sugar dripping off of fried dough was brain food! Somehow it worked for us or at the very least gave us an intense amount of joy!
As I reconnected with my friends over the weekend, I realized it had been five years since we had all been together; yet it was like we had never been apart. We just sort-of picked up where we left off. It felt just like old times in many ways! I think that is one of the marks of real friendship. Time may lapse, but the love and connect is always there.
During the weekend, I was reminded of the verse from Proverbs 17:17 that says, “A friend loves at all times …” Part of what that says to me is neither time, distance nor circumstance (good, bad or ugly) can stifle the truest of friendships. It also tells me that real friendship lasts even when it’s tough!
We were all friends during a most critical stage of life. We were trying to figure out who
we were, what we were going to be, who we would marry, where we were going and what we believed. We were traveling from childhood to adulthood. We were spreading our proverbial wings and making lots of mistakes along the way. BUT … we were doing it together. We were there for each other … supporting, laughing, crying, cheering and picking each other up when we would fall.
I know I am so thankful that I got to navigate through that part of my life with such wonderful women. Were we perfect? NO! Did we make a ton of mistakes? YES! Do we wish we could have some do-overs? ABSOLUTELY (or at least I know I do)! But what I am incredibly grateful for is the bond that was forever created between us because of that significant time in our lives.
We’re all different now, with different life experiences, dreams, families and challenges. But we’re
still friends. And for that, I am grateful!
I love you, my crazy college friends!! And I always will!