Friends come in all forms, past and present, young and old, same and different. There is a song I remember vividly from my childhood that said, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” We used to sing it at our Campfire Girls outings. I’ve never forgotten it and have whole heartedly believed it to be true my entire life.
I love my friends and find such comfort in their presence within my life. There is one particular group of girlfriends that I refer to as my “Forever Friends.” These are the girls that have been with me throughout my entire life, most of us meeting somewhere between the ages of 5 and 8. We know the best and worst in each other. We share in life’s ups and downs. We are the ears that listen, the voice that soothes, and the heart that hopes and prays for the best for each of us. We don’t get to see each other very often, but I know they are there because when life feels a little hard, they are the ones that reach out across thousands of miles to say, “No matter how far away you are you are still on my mind and in my heart. I am here and always will be.”
Last night, as I was relaxing at home, I received a text from one of these Forever Friends. Robin had just come back from a Relay for Life walk in my hometown area. She was sending me pictures of the luminaries that are prevalent at these walks for charity put on for the American Cancer Society. A couple of weeks ago she had contacted me to ask if it would be okay to light a luminary in memory of Mama. I was both happy and overwhelmed by the love being expressed. There is truly something special in having lifelong friends who not only can relate to what you are going through, but can also reminiscence about life with Mama; after all, she did consider them as her own as well.
As I read her texts relaying the evening’s events and marveled at the photos of the beautiful luminaries, I found a sense of peace wash over me. There are so many people who loved Mama and the fact that she is not forgotten is truly a blessing beyond compare.