Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A True Friend


"A friend loves at all times..."
Proverbs 17:17

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but even a picture does not give adequate honor to a friendship that is 24 years in the making.  Meet the swing set.
This is a very old swing set.  This swing set belonged to my best friend's granny.  Granny is with the Lord now, but miraculously the swing set is still swinging her great grandkids.  Granny's swing set has seen lots of kids grow up.  Granny's swing set represents a lot of giggles and fun times with my best friend.  Meet Megan.
Megan and I have been friends for 24 years.  We met in the nursery at church.  Now, our families populate our subsequent church nurseries with a total of four children combined.  Meet Avery.
Avery is Megan's firstborn. She is not this tiny anymore.  This was the first time I met Avery, however.  She is funny like her mommy.


Don't let her fool you.  Avery's mommy is funny.  Like the time she wet the bed when we were in Grade ____ (well we just won't say how old we were) and she blamed it on me.  Never mind that my clothes were dry...I still believed her.  Don't worry Megan - I will publicly admit that I was a bed wetter for a long time (and I hear these days they call it a hormone problem so we can rest now).  There is just no replacement for a good, Godly friend.  When we were little, we used to belt out loudly in public places  sing the song, "Friends are Friends Forever" by Michael W. Smith.  The lyrics say "and friends are friends forever when the Lord's the Lord of them."  Those lyrics ring very true to me as an adult.  I have had many friendships come and go, but when God is first place in a person's life, even little rifts and spats are overcome.  So, Megan, here is to:

*Eating cheese popcorn at 4 am.
*Punching keys that we were not suppose to on cash registers in public places.
*Blasting KSBJ into every hole in the ground we ran across so that Satan would be mad.
*Eating black olives at 4 am. with our cheese popcorn.
*Screaming like maniacs in your pool while horsefly's tormented us.
*Running into a stranger's home when "you know who's dad" tried to coerce us into the car.
*Dancing around the levee near your house.
*Jumping on Cory Craig's trampoline.
*Rocking babies in the nursery at church (even though I still can't figure out why they let elementary school kids keep the nursery solo...shhh! our little secret).
*You buying the same outfits as me at the mall and me hating you (for a few hours).
*Singing in your mom's van.
*Walking to Happy Chap after school for a snack (every day).
*Hide-n-seek.
*Rolling in Mamma's barrel and getting sick.
*Playing pool and being bad at it (I was anyway).
*Slumber parties and many hours of begging my mom to let me come play (she still notes your notorious begging and still has her "don't ask me in front of anyone policy" thanks to you.
*Singing Brass Monkey to our teachers even though we did not understand the meaning.

Thanks for being such a wonderful friend.  As soon as Jeremy lets you move back to Texas, we can raise our kids together Texas style.  Avery told me she was in need of some companionship. :)

Jessie

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

awww..that brought tears to my eyes and also made me laugh really hard! it brings back a lot of good memories. i don't recall anything about the bed wetting though! that must have been someone else! lol..
yea, i only remember that one argument about the clothes in 24 years, not bad! i still say though that i did not copy u..i just got every color pants the store sold..just like u did! haha..hey i bet we looked really cool in those different color pants huh!..with matching vest and bows ofcourse!! with all the changes that have occurred in our lives, i am so glad that our friendship has remained and i just don't know what i would do without u! thanks for your prayers, advice, and friendship. i love u and thanks for writing this blog :) oh, and i'm not giving up hope that we will live closer one day!
-megan

Anonymous said...

another Godly blessing! If anyone deserves that blog Megan does! Too Kind Jess!
CJH