Crazy Sam wants to know about friendships, specifically best friends this week in the You've Got A Friend meme. I've never shared her with you before. She's a unique lady. Thanks, Crazy Sam, for reminding me just how special she is. I'd like you to meet her as well.
My best friend's name is Barbara. This is a recent pic at her sixtieth birthday bash at the O'Henry Hotel restaurant. She is still the most beautiful woman - inside and out - that I have ever known.
We met at a church service in the 80's where I was singing. Her husband was a Quaker minister at that time. Since I've never been a Quaker I have no idea how we ended up in the same service but I'm so glad we did. We went out to lunch with a large group of people, struck up a conversation, and the two of them became our "couple friends" for many years during my once-upon-a-marriage.
We had a lot of cookouts, beach trips, dinners out and tending to little ones in the early years. I sang at both her children's' weddings. One was in this candlelit castle. Her husband officiated, I cried through the Wedding Song, and then we danced in a moonlit tent. It was lovely and perfect. Her kids (and grandchildren) still seem like my own today. And I promise not to cry in my microphone ever again.....
I would do the same for her in a heartbeat.
My favorite trip was without our husbands. I hope they aren't reading this...
You can't get into a lot of trouble in Amish country, but we tried.
Definitely not. Although she has a LOT to say about my single life and holds nothing back. I won't share! She has an uncanny ability to see straight through a person from the onset. I carry her around with me on every date (like I've had a lot lately. Sigh). But if I ever need her, she's a phone call away with her special vibes..... She should bottle that stuff.
She's been married to the same man for three hundred and forty years. The dancing Quaker man to the left seen here.
How could I not approve?
8. Do you remember each other on birthdays and holidays?
If I told her today "I'm moving to Ecuador to live with a traveling wine salesman with a tattoo," she'd say "Whatever you think, dear. I'll be here when you return!" (smart aleck) Seriously, we've both mellowed over the years and evolved tremendously - having seen each other through lots of trials (some joys, some not). I can't imagine ever finding anything worth fighting over enough to lose our friendship.
Uhh...have you found my website yet?