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.