Friends are funny things (not funny "haha" ,although some are) When your young you swear "friends forever" but as maturity and real life take effect, you come to see that is not always the case. Very few people are in your life "forever". Some are friends for a season, others are acquaintances, some a buddies for certain actives, the majority come in and out like a wave, leaving a small imprint on your life like a wave in the sand.
Some people are not waves that come and go, but deep pools that settle in for the long run. They become a permanent fixture on the landscape of your life, memories are built around them, they refresh your spirit, they know your heart. A true friend is rare and I am blessed to have a treasured few such people in my life.
Jenny and I knew each other when we were both young and cool, married without kids, traveling the world, developing careers. We had our first babies within weeks of each other, hers a boy mine a girl. We would spend day after day together, sharing life and all the trials of parenthood. Our second babies were born within weeks of each other too. I tried to talk her into joining me for #3, but she just wouldn't do it.
Jenny has since moved away, I may never forgive her husband for changing jobs. A couple of times a year I get the pleasure of her company for a few days. It reminds me that true friends pick up exactly where they leave off, this might be because of our every-couple-days phone conversation. I love getting to know her children, our long conversations and the reminder that I am blessed to have a household of girls.