Every time Sharon comes to visit, I realize how much I miss having her live across the pond from me. Oh, sure, I have friends here in town, folks I chat with at church and HOPE. But she was my buddy, game for anything. Pack up the kids and let’s go.
During the hardest times of my illness, Sharon was there. One time, not long after Sweet Sarah was born, I was having a horrible reaction to the drug I was on. I started out fine in the morning, and MSB figured it was okay for him to go to work–he’d missed so much already with me being in the hospital. The drug gave me back spasms and arthritis and temps well over 100 as the day wore on. And I never realized it was the drug. I just thought I had caught a bug or something.
One day in particular, I was having a hard time. I was desperately thirsty, but I couldn’t get up to get some ice water. Every time I tried, I had back spasms and was literally thrown back down. I called Sharon.
She stopped what she was doing, packed up her baby and walked all the way around the pond just to fetch me a glass of water. Can you imagine?
Over the years, she’s been my confidante and my measure of marital sanity. She’s been married ten years longer than I have (almost to the day), and when MSB and I first moved here, we were virtual newlyweds. Even though I was in my thirties, I didn’t have a lot of experience being a married woman, and sometimes the adjustment made me crazy. I’d cry on Sharon’s shoulders over all the injustices I had suffered–and she’d laugh at me. Literally. She’d have a big ol’ giggle-fest while I was drying my eyes and feeling betrayed. But I learned that her laughter was telling me I’d made a mountain out of a molehill (a trap many newlyweds fall into, I’ve since discovered). MSB has her to thank for not spending our first five years here in the doghouse.
I so enjoyed her visit this week, short though it was, and feel blessed to call her my friend.
How about you? Who’s your best friend and for how long? Do you have special memories? Have you had a chance to give her a hug lately?