Memoir Mondays

19 May

Two Writing Teachers are hosting Memoir Mondays now.  (Thank you to Kevin for pointing me in this direction!)  The first assignment this week is a then and now look at friendship.

I met my best friend, D, in High School.  She was one of the golden people — clever, accomplished, popular.  I was not.  I was not unpopular — I had lots of friends and high school wasn’t the sort of nightmare for me that it is for many people.  Still my friend, D, was an intimidating figure at school.  She seemed to have everything.  When she sought me out, I was confused.  For a long time, I felt strongly that she only sought me out because she was friends with my boyfriend and if we broke up, she’d drop me cold.  I underestimated her badly.

We are still good friends — although, to be fair, I am now married for 20 years to that same boyfriend!  We have been through heartache and pain together.  We have stood up for each other in weddings.  We have had children at the same age.  We’ve vacationed together and drank together and built lives together.

We do not see each other enough — both of us have overly full lives.  But, when we do get together, all the time slips away and we are strong friends.  She is someone I absolutely rely on and I know she trusts me the same way.  Then, our friendship was fragile and delicate.  Now, our friendship is a rock we both depend upon.

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7 Responses to “Memoir Mondays”

  1. BEG 19 May, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    I have one or two friendships like that — from childhood — in which we don’t see each other nearly often enough, but when we do — we pick up just where we left off. That’s a rare and wonderful thing to have…

  2. blkdrama 19 May, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    Welcome Liza,
    This is a great community to join, and once you begin there’s no end to the great challenges. You have a great piece to begin. Loving photos as I do, it would be cool to see one of the two of you and wonder what kind of writing that might inspire in you.
    Bonnie K.

  3. Jane Swanson 19 May, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    What a wonderful reflection on a dear friendship! THanks for sharing.
    ~jane

  4. stella 19 May, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    I can make so many connections to you writing. So dear. So beautiful. How lucky are we to “LIVE” these kinds of friendships. We are fortunates.

  5. debrennersmith 19 May, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    I actually saw my childhood friend today. I have not seen her in 4 years and it is exactly like you described. We started chatting as if we had seen each other yesterday and the day before. Thanks for reminding me of her. http://www.debrennersmith.com

  6. Kevin 19 May, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Funny how time bends friendships, isn’t it?
    And how old perceptions give way to reality.
    The important thing? She stuck with you and you, with her, for all these years. She was deeper than just another ‘golden person,’ I guess.
    Thanks for sharing
    Kevin

  7. Stacey 19 May, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    Glad you joined us! Check out our Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge too. (That’s it… Wed-Sun we’re just doing regular ol’ blogging.)

    Best,
    Stacey

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