Do you have someone you know you will be friends with forever? Even if you move a world away or you or they inherited millions? My bff, L, is that friend.
L and I met when The Girl was, I believe, four years old which was almost 25 years ago. We both worked for the county social services office; she in food stamps and I in AFDC (Aid to the Families of Dependent Children or welfare). My job took me to different departments and hers was one of them. After passing L’s desk many times, we got to chatting and the rest, as they say, is history.
Where I can be "excitable," L is even-tempered. She has been a great sounding board when I don’t know if I am overreacting to something. In the same way, I just don’t get how she can not get excited about some things!
When I was a single mom, L told me that she figured if anything happened to her husband she would make sure to have a place the girl and I could move into with her. I don’t think anyone ever thought of that with me. I was not the easiest person to get along with but she accepted me, warts and all.
For more than 22 years, except for the years they lived in Florida, L and her husband B and I have gotten together some time in March for corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and soda bread. When the kids were little, L and I always "forgot" something and had to run out to the store – just the two of us. Did the guys ever catch on? Who knows.
Tomorrow is our big day. The one day of the year we know we will get together without fail. We live about one hour away from each other but the rigors of life often keep us from getting together at any other time. However, tomorrow, we will talk as if we visited last week.
That’s why St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorite "holidays" of the year.
Do you celebrate St. Paddy’s day? If so, how. See above. Also, we watch the move The Quiet Man.
Is there any Irish in your heritage? Except for all of us coming from Adam and Eve, not that I know of.
What makes a person a friend? I don’t believe you can know someone is a true friend until the friendship has been tested. With L, she stood by me when others didn’t. When I was pregnant with The Boy, she called me every other day to make sure someone was still talking with me (I was pms’y for nine months!). She’s not perfect but she’s proven she will stand by me.
If you have just left your home and locked the door, do you run back in if the phone starts ringing? I refuse to be a slave to my phone! Absolutely not. Himself does, though.
There has been such a lull in Spaces, lately. I hope that ends soon. I miss having participants in the Falderal. It helps me to get to know you all better.
Have a great, safe weekend. g