“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold. A circle is round, it has no end, that’s how long I want to be your friend.” (Girl Scouts of America song)
Yesterday, I spoke of a weekend filled with an assortment of gifts. As promised, I’m going to continue unwrapping those gifts one at a time throughout the week. Today’s gift comes in the form of having visited an old friend in her new suburban home in the Minneapolis area.
Lori and I met in the fall of 1986. We worked together in the music department at Minnesota State University Moorhead and hit it off fairly quickly. By the year’s end, neither of us had roommates lined up for the following fall. I enjoyed working with Lori and had thought about asking her if she might consider rooming together. I can’t remember who asked whom first but I do recall finding out that she’d had the same idea. It was a done deal and I was thrilled it had worked out so nicely. We stayed in touch throughout the summer, planned our dorm color scheme (mauve), and later, shared some crazy moments building a loft in our tiny Neumaier hall dorm room to create more livable space. It was a great year full of new experiences, and wasn’t the first year we were roommates. Several years down the line, Lori flew from her temporary home in NYC to be one of five bridesmaids in my wedding.
It was so great to see her again, and we discovered quickly that our mutual gift for gab that used to keep us up all hours of the night has not rusted over the years. We had no trouble filling several hours of time. The next morning, after I was woken by her little son’s sweet voice singing “Elmo’s World,” as soon as the coffee began flowing, we started in again and didn’t stop until it was time to part; after our “girls only” brunch with her daughter and a double group hug (orchestrated by said daughter) had been accomplished.
I was still only hours into my wonderful weekend at that point. If my weekend had ended there, I would have deemed it a most precious experience, but it truly was only the beginning!
Thanks, Lor, for reminding me that golden friendships can truly keep their sparkle through the years. Our time together was a treasure to me.
Stay tuned for gift number three!
If you could receive a gift, any gift, today, what would it be?