Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lunch Date

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When you’ve seen another person through some of the best and worst days of their life, the conversation seems to move from the present to the past and back without much effort. When Beth and I were talking over coffee yesterday, we started reminiscing about college, some of the good stuff, and some of the painful stuff, too. We laughed about things and then were surprised that we could laugh.

"Wow,” Beth said and smiled that smile she remembers something, “That’s the gift of time, I guess.”

And that just really stayed with me for the rest of the day and for the drive of home. Time is a gift. It helps us let go and it helps us hold on. And it made me realize that, when it comes to my friendship with Beth, no one makes me laugh like Beth, no one is quiet with me like Beth, no one else can do Gossip Girl impressions with me like Beth, no one understands me like Beth, and the most important thing she has ever given me is her time.

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Living hours away from my best friend who, like me, has been in graduate school for the last three years means that when we both find time to sneak away and hang out for a few hours, we leap. So yesterday, we met in Cincinnati for lunch at Findlay’s Market. Findlay’s is the oldest public market in Ohio and reminds me a lot of North Market in Columbus. There were so many amazing building murals and great doorways to photograph so Beth had to put up with a bajillion pictures (the perils of hanging around a blogger).

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So talk to me about the gift of time in your life. What has time allowed you to do, overcome, or become?

love, elizabeth

4 comments:

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I love lunch dates with friends...one of my bf's and I love worlds apart but when we are together it's like we never left each other's side!!

Amy said...

I LOVE this post, and I LOVE amazing friendships like yours and Beth's even more. My very best friend lives 5 hours away, so I totally know what you mean about jumping at any opportunity to spend time together. Glad you guys got to spend time together :)

Megan said...

I think the most important part of this post is that you haven't let time let your friendship fade. Time and distance can take a toll on a friendship and how well you know someone. The real friendships are the ones that endure the test of time, whether you talk every single day or once every few months. It's amazing to have someone in your life who you may not have seen for a while, but when you do see them, it's as if they were never gone.

Dan said...

Aw, that was nice. And I love that "Have a Grape day" sign. Things like that greatly amuse me.

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