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Friday, April 4, 2008

Girls' Night Out

I need to keep this short, if I can. It's 11:30--a very late night for me.

At Jolene's service, a former co-worker and Christian friend approached me and said, "We're going to have another girls' night out soon, and you're coming." Susan has a great gift for humor and can make me laugh in almost any circumstance.

Tonight was the night. Our plans changed because Mom had a rough day and needed to stay home. Susan arrived with two girlfriends in tow. We became friends when we attended the same church. We now all attend different congregations, but the bonds of friendship remain intact. We talked about our children (I've taught all of their kids at some point in Sunday School), teddy bears, dreamy actors--about the loss of Jolene and my grief. And we talked and ate Boston cream pie and talked some more. They finally left a little after 11.

Thank God for friends who weep and laugh with you. Tonight, I thank God for Susan, Blanca and Hannah.


Darlene Franklin said...

I know there must be a way to edit my post after I've written it ... but I don't have the patience to look for it this morning.

I just wanted to add that the three friends who came last all have (had?) known Jolene for several years. They watched her grow up, they knew my agony over her illness, my exhaustion and despair at times in raising her.

People with whom I could be totally honest. Who understood without being told.

Friends are truly one of God's great gifts. And this blog is introducing me to new friends. Thanks for coming along.

Mary Connealy said...

You're teaching while you're expressing yourself, Darlene.

Lynette Sowell said...

Sounds like this was bittersweet for you. I think of the scripture that says, it's good to have two, for when one falls, the other can lift him up. But woe to the one who falls alone. That was very paraphrased, but you're not alone.