10 years ago (at least): My friend Serena and I were in a Hobby Lobby in Texas securing beautiful home decor for her house when a typical Texas Spring storm decided to pass by. There was thunder, and lightning, and a tornado warning had been issued (welcome to Texas in the Spring!)…..well, we debated for several minutes on whether we should just leave our carts (2 very full carts of everything the store had to offer in rod iron….), make a run for it and head home, or keep shopping (after all, as I said before, this was just usual routine weather for the Spring in Texas)….well, we decided to keep shopping, and laughed our way through the entire storm. Lights flickered. Laughter. Our kids all at home (with the dad’s). Laughter. Picturing ourselves taking shelter behind all the rod iron pieces with all their sharp edges pointed directly at us. Laughter. (okay, not so funny, I mean how awful to be impaled by a 50% off piece of wall art! ) Side note: never pay full price at Hobby Lobby, it will be 50% off the next day….ANYWAY……Yes, I remember that day with fond memories and laugh at our determination that come hell or high water (literally on the water part), we were getting what we needed and getting her home decorated! I can proudly say we survived the storm and her house looked beautiful!
Yesterday: My friend Serena and I were in a Hobby Lobby in Florida (she has now moved here, and I have happily agreed to come and help make her new house a home), securing beautiful home decor for her house (no rod iron this time, but more light and bright neutrals…..there is a season for everything my friend….), and it was pouring down rain in sunny Florida. Not just the typical 5 minute tropical showers they usually get, but a full on Spring storm that started early that morning and didn’t let up until late last night. As we browsed the variety of candle holders Hobby Lobby had to offer (I LOVE candles!) we both looked at each other, and I knew we were thinking the same thing. And then we laughed. It was deja vu all over again. The two of us, with 2 (not so full this time) carts, and rain coming down. Thank goodness no threat of severe storm this time, but it just made me smile. It brought to the forefront of my mind this friendship I have with Serena and all the memories we have shared together.
Yes, not just the shopping together and laughing, but thinking to myself that although SO much has changed in the 10+ years since that first shopping experience to yesterday’s events, there is still so much in this friendship that has remained the same. We have been through a lot together….kids, my divorce, estrangement, hurt feelings, guilt, reconciliation (just to name a few things….), and yet the two things that have always remained is love and unconditional support. I don’t take that lightly or for granted. I appreciate all that we have been through together and am so thankful to be able to have deja vu moments that include her. This is a public show of my appreciation for her, and all that she brings to my life. Thank you Serena. I love you. I look forward to the next 10+ years and many more Hobby Lobby trips with you, no matter where you move to next! 😉
Now, I ask this to you my friend: who are your friends that make you a better person? Who are the friends that make you laugh and look back with fond memories? How about you tell them today just how much they mean to you. I don’t mean tell them in a text or email, but actually pick up the phone and let them hear you say it. Life is way too short not to…….
Have a fabulous weekend my friend! Whatever you do, be sure you are kind to yourself and kind to others.
I have one more day in (once again) sunny Florida! One more day with my friend, Serena. I will be sure to make it count.
This is me and my girlfriend, Serena, two years ago. Yes, that is our motto, and yes there is my favorite hat again! I really do love that hat! AND my friend! 🙂