Archive for January, 2010

Gal Pals

“If friends were flowers, I’d pick you.”  This saying has meant a lot to me over the years. Growing up in a military family – then marrying a minister – means that I’ve lived many places, and I’ve had to say farewell to good friends far more often than I care to count.  Saying goodbye never gets any easier, no matter how much practice you’ve had.

I was taught early that collecting stuff isn’t what life is about, but that protecting and keeping relationships is what anchors a person to this life and also to the life that awaits us in Heaven.  I’ve been blessed with the privilege of amassing quite a “collection” of good friends throughout the country and around the world. 

Have you ever wished that you could call up all your pals from every place you’ve ever lived, worked or played and have them gather in one place for a really big reunion party?

This past November I experienced a very happy “accident”.  By planning a surprise birthday party for my husband, I was able to enjoy a rather lovely serendipity – having friends from my past and from far away gather with local friends from the present.  And it was a gift!  They all seemed to mingle well and enjoy each others’ company, which was really special to me.  Even when they started comparing notes and ganging up on me to use their collective knowledge of my idiosyncracies against me as they teased me relentlessly… It was FUN!

LaRessie, Edie and Tammy – each of you is special to me for very different reasons.  I love you all so much and had a blast sharing you with each other.  I hope and pray that we can get together again like that some day – even if it means I have to take more teasing.  You gals are class acts, each and every one of you, and I am blessed to have you in my life – whether separate or in unison.  Thank you – all three of you – for loving me these many years!


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I was unemployed when “WE” (my husband and me) launched this writer’s blog.  For those that are reading closely, the quotation marks are a nod to the fact that Mr. Tank has yet to write a single word using this particular high-tech form of expression.  I, meanwhile, have two very chatty posts and an extremely verbose introduction to my credit.  But alas -that was nearly three months ago, and a lot has happened in the meantime!

New job (thank you Lord!) with steep learning curve.  A turkey day celebration of thanks with dear friends.  A surprise 40th birthday party for the man that I sleep with (Hmm… Is that Old Man I smell?).  Even more holiday hoo-haa that included a houseful of family and waking up to fireworks outside our bedroom at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and BOOM!  Here we are.  Wow.  2010.  So tell us – do you say “Two Thousand and Ten” or are you hip and chic and use the more youthful “Twenty-Ten?”  Seriously – TELL US – We’re taking a poll!

I’m thinking about all the things I haven’t done up to this point in my life.  Why?  Because I like torturing myself.  But now that I’m married to a middle-aged man, I must also face the fact that I’m right on his heels in the aging department.  Really makes you pause and reflect on where you’ve been, who you are, and where you’re headed.  All that reflecting took me down a dark path this week.  But glad to report to you now that I’m Back.  Silly, really, to allow room in my head for regret.  Especially when I’ve been able to do so much already.  And who knows where life’s road will lead me to next?  He does – and he’s keeping it a closely guarded secret for now.  Probably because He knows that I’d obsess about it before I ever got there.  Much better to face it with Him one day at a time.  While breathing.  Deeply.  Ahh…

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