Monday, May 21, 2012

Friends And Rainbows~

Back Row, Shannon, Judy, Ranae, LeAnn, Danelle, Sheila, Sharon, Joan, Paula, Vickie, Penny~
Front Row, Shauna, Shirley, Joy, Dian, Cicely ~              
What joy friendships bring into our lives. When we moved back to Utah seven years ago; I re-connected with several friends from my High School years. These are sweet women. Many I have known for fifty years or longer. Wow, that thought makes me feel a little old.
Each year we plan a luncheon to revisit memories and share new experiences. We talk and laugh until we can't do it any longer or the restaurant tells us it is time to leave. We update each other with the latest versions of life’s experiences – and yes, with age, there are a few memories of some that have been lost in passing and we honor them together.
What a sweet time in life it is to be with familiar friends. We speak of memories together. Some of which we probably won’t share with our children. Yes, we did a few things that were not “kosher” at that time. We can laugh about them now; and we do a lot of that. And, it’s a time for us to forge new memories as well.
I like the sayings: "Friends are the colors in the rainbow of life" and; "Friends are like rainbows, they're bright, beautiful, and you feel a smile when they appear". Anonymous. I think that’s how I feel whenever I enter a room to greet these special friends of mine.
Here are some pictures from our latest time together.
Shauna and Shannon
 Trudy and Sheila
 Shirley and Judy
 Ranae and Danelle
 Joan, Paula and Cicely
Vickie and Dian
 Sharon and LeAnn
 Joy and Vickie
Yes, new memories were added today like the thoughts below:
  "Let's become little old ladies together-we'll stay up late looking at old pictures, telling "remember when "stories, and laughing till our sides ached.
Let's become eccentric together - the kind of old ladies who take long walks, wear silly hats, and get away with acting outrageous in public places.
And if anybody should ask how long we've been friends, we'll say, "Oh, forever - since before we were born!"
Let's become old ladies together - because a friendship that's as special as ours can only grow better through the years."


Marie said...

Another beautiful post LeAnn!! What lovely pictures of all the girls. I don't think I know anyone these days that I used to go to school with way back when. We have lost touch through the years. I did manage to find one about 6 months ago, only to discover that she had passed away just a few months before. Sad, but true. Sending you lots of love. Oh, did the cards arrive ok? xxoo

Christy Monson said...

What a wonderful reunion. I love getting together with my friends. They are truely the flowers of my life. I also love my online friends. Love to you in your life. Christy

Mom of 12 said...

That's an awesome idea! I'm not sure I had that many friends in high school...

Sue said...

It's great that you have stayed in touch with so many old friends. I've only managed to hold on to a few from high school.


Kara said...

Love this post honoring friendship...I just read this quote a few mintues ago and your writing and photos were a perfect example.

Thank you for all of your encouraging comments LeAnn :)

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

Barb said...

Hi Leann!

What fun! I think it's wonderful that you stay connected with old friends, they really are the best kind! Loved the quote!

Hugs and Love,

Kim said...

I love that you reconnected with friends from high school. What a blessing to be able to spend time and really enjoy each other's company!

In these times of families and friends who drift apart, you are an inspiration and encouragement to other women!

Tracy said...

What a wonderful idea! You are blessed with long time friendships and so glad you are able to reconnect with so many! Blessings to you!

singing/granny said...

Such sweet pictures! I am impressed that you have managed to stay in touch. The blessings from friends cannot be measured. Melody


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