Debbie and her husband Michael visited us this past weekend from Plymouth, MA on their way to Gettysburg to see his parents. We went to the Brine Garden, Akindale Library Art Show and gathered for dinner and games with our sons and their girlfriends. They will be coming back through on their way home this weekend, so it is the Open Studio Art Tours, foliage hikes in the woods and more dinners and games.
Debbie and I met in first grade some fifty years ago and became best buddies in middle school. Since then we went to college together, moved from Ohio to Boston together, was the maid of honor in each other’s wedding, godparents to my children and have stayed close throughout the years. We have had wild and crazy fun together, sad and solemn moments and ones of huge joy.
She knows me in a way no one else does. We have supported each other through tough times, leaning as heavily as we needed to, knowing that the other would hold us up as long as necessary.
We are, however, very different in temperament, choice of how we spend our time, likes and dislikes. She likes to travel, read fiction, do crossword puzzles; I prefer non-fiction, creating music and traveling inward. The differences give each a glimpse into another way of being. I have learned over time to accept her choices as right for her and to love her for who she is and what we have together.
It is a beautiful relationship that I cherish with all my heart.
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