Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Missing Friends

As we go through the flow of life, things change. And sometimes we don't like those changes. My mother passed away two years ago, and in addition to missing her, I find that I am missing her friends. Friends that lived in her community; her quilting, tea, and flower arranging friends; children who lived next door and their mother's; and her friends from her teaching days. Because I don't live in this same community, I don't see these friends very often any more. And I miss them! Like a pebble in a pond that sends waves to the shore, the effects of one loss continues to create more.

Last week I was blessed to see Hitomi, a flower arranging friend of mom's, at a restaurant in her community. It was so nice to be able to visit with her again and remember mom. Hitomi is as gentle and sweet as she looks. Gifted in the art of floral design and Japanese tea ceremony, I remember her as a friend who blessed mom by honoring her at a tea given just weeks before her death. Little blessings with arms reaching out to others with a residual effect, just like the rings from a pebble tossed into a pond; friends are God's gift.

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