When I was in first grade I had a 'best friend' by the same name as my sister, Judy. Our school had tables that seated two students and they were lined up in rows in a very traditional classroom. The teacher assigned Judy as my seatmate, and we became fast friends. We were seatmates for the entire school year, except for the last week of school when everyone got to sit wherever they wanted. To this day I think be both regret that we took the option of having a different seatmate, as how cool it would be to be able to say we sat together ALL school year. I have such warm memories of my friendship with Judy. When we were very young she had such lovely dolls and doll furniture. I remember playing with her life-size doll and wishing I had one too! We would ride bikes, participate in school events, and play together. As we grew older, it fast became apparent that Judy was truly gifted and talented. Everything she touched turned to gold! An extremely gifted seamstress, crafter, and painter --- it seemed like she was gifted with abilities without even having to learn them. Creativity oozed from her! She was fun and always had a quick laugh and cheerful smile. We continued through school together, taking classes together, being in band and choir, enjoying school events. Eventually we ended up graduating high school in the same class and even attending college together. I remember taking clothing construction and tailoring classes with her. And yes, by then her talents and abilities had multiplied! Her projects were superb!
Life comes full circle. Judy moved to a distant state and had a beautiful family. Her darling daughter, Alana, is now attending college in the same community we did, so Judy came up to visit. Today is her daughter's birthday and I was blessed to be able to celebrate with them for lunch today. Observing them together took me far back in time. Alana reminds me so much of the Judy I knew during our growing up days.
God's blessing of friendship is a gift to cherish. Thank you for a lovely time today, Judy!
Happy birthday, Alana!!! May the next twenty, and the twenties thereafter, be as precious as the one you just passed through.