When was the last time you had a four hour conversation where you walked away feeling better than when you started? Mine ended about thirty seconds ago.
It was a long day at work, longer than normal and at the end of the day I was annoyed - tired mostly but just needed away from people. I came home, talked to my husband, had supper and grumbled.
I talked to my sister while I distributed an email to family. I needed a few emails.
My phone rang and it was my friend Laura. Yep I'm naming names. Laura and I came together years ago as we explored alternative beliefs. I haven't spoken to her in at least eighteen months, probably longer than that.
She's been busy with school. I've been busy with writing. We see each other's posts in our blogs, on facebook. We'd message each other, or leave comments but we haven't sat down to really dig into a conversation.
She called tonight - returning my call. One of her messages on facebook prompted me to call. We chatted about... EVERYTHING!!!
She calls me on my bullshit. She helps me work through issues. We laugh. We cry - though not tonight. We are ridiculous and serious together. It's magical. We covered topics from hey what have you been up to for the last two year to getting older to what to do with toxic friends to .... everything.
You would think four hours - my goodness how can you talk that long. We did. We just kept talking, laughing, connecting back with each other. On my part - cause I can't speak for her - it felt like I'd come home to find a great friend and companion.
At 11:00 I said I should let her go so she could get to sleep - she's an early to bed person unlike me. Still we talked on. One topic led to another and another and another. You would think after not speaking for so long, it would be awkward. This is the best part - I felt like we picked up where we left off last time we talked. There was no awkwardness, no coolness, no judgement. It was just the two of us connecting, being friends, and enjoying each other.
So Laura - I'm sorry I kept you up past your bed time but I LOVED our conversation. Thank you for reminding me how good friendship can be.
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