Throughout my life I've been blessed with one very dear friend. P and I have been friends since we were about 3. We grew up together. I, the tomboy, and P a girly girl. As a child I was shy and insecure. P was outgoing, graceful.. popular. Memories with P include playing with dolls, building treehouses, riding horses, snowball fights, Lake Powell, bike rides. P and I were naive... a bit sheltered by our small town farm life. Together, we pieced together the story of the birds and the bees. Together, our testimonies were built. Together we survived a car accident where the car P was driving rolled end over end. P is like a sister to me.. or more. She understands me. She knows where I am coming from. She knows my heart. I love her.
P was my roommate during our first year of college. P quit and married her High School sweetheart. I continued to date and go to school. About a year after I graduated, I got married. One year later... had a baby. We went our separate ways. I moved south. P moved north. The distance and our crazy family lives made it difficult to get together. Over the past 10 years we've managed to get together 5 or 6 times. It's not enough. However, when you have a friend like P, it doesn't matter how long its been. We always pick up right where we left off. There is no awkwardness.
Today, was one of those precious lunches. My schedule felt packed but when P called and suggested we get together... I really wanted to. We had less than one hour. We ate lunch and chatted. P brought her two youngest. She is the cutest mom ever! All five of her kids are adorable, talented and WELL BEHAVED! After lunch she surprised me with a homemade gift. Sorry, P but I opened it! She made me a gorgeous wooden sign with this saying, "Courage does not always ROAR, Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow". She also had a handmade card stating that when she saw the saying it reminded her of me. I almost cried!
I love you, P!