Have you ever had a friend who no matter what's going on in your life, no matter how long it's been since the two of you have talked, you can pick up the phone and carry on a conversation like when you were in high school? Have you ever had a friend who accepts you for who you are, no matter what, who rises above the misunderstandings or disagreements, who dares to argue with you on taboo subjects such as politics and religion. Have you ever had a friend who keeps in touch with you through the years, the jobs, the moves, the changes, and the children. Have you ever had a friend who makes you smile, just hearing her laugh, a laugh that hasn't changed in 30 years?
I have such a friend, and today is her birthday. She is now my age, well, at least for a few months. For the sake of her privacy, I will not write her name, but she knows who she is. I also hope she knows how deeply I love her, how proud I am of her, and how much I miss her. She is worth her weight in gold. Happy Birthday, old friend.
First, I would to thank my husband, who worked his tail off yesterday. His Brother Knights and he were at our church kitchen at 6:00 AM preparing for the Mother's Day breakfast. My girls were very excited about the artwork and cards they made and the beautiful annuals they helped Daddy pick out for our backyard. Later in the afternoon, the four of us went to the zoo on a beautiful sunny day. My two-year old fell and skinned both of her knees, and had a major meltdown on the way home from the zoo. My five-year old was so hyped up on ice cream, Danish, and pancake syrup, she didn't want to go to sleep. But to me it was a perfect day. Like Carmen, the famous mom to the screaming masses http://momtothescreamingmasses.typepad.com/, I want to remember and cherish these moments. It was a magical day knowing both of these beautiful children are my daughters and this is our first Mother's Day as a family.