Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sustained Friendships

The Girls

10 years ago (10 YEARS AGO?),  I studied abroad in Chester, England for a semester.  It was one of the most fantastic times of my life.  While there, I met two other American foreign students: Lisa and Janelle.  Lisa is from Wisconsin and studied coincidentally in Milwaukee at another college and Janelle from New York.  The three of us was fabulous.  We spent all of our time together and became truly wonderful friends.  2 or 3 years after that, the year before I entered the convent, Janelle came to Milwaukee to live with me for a year--just a little adventure.  The three of us were back together again; having a marvelous time.  I entered the community.  Janelle moved back to New York.  Lisa got married and remained in Milwaukee.   A couple weeks ago, Janelle came to visit from New York (just north of the inside joke).  I hadn't seen Janelle in 6 years!!  It was great to have a reunion.

It got me thinking about my fantastic friendships.  I have several relationships that are long-term, sustained over time and distance.  It's the best feeling to be able to pick up where you left off, knowing that although you may not talk or see the person, they are still there.  It's great to see how we've grown-up (i.e. coming home at 11 and going right to bed...ha ha).  Talk about the paths our lives have taken us--the ex's, the currents, the good, the bad, the ugly.  Laugh hysterically like it's our full-time job.  Not even a beat has skipped.  Those are good friends.

I am really blessed with great people in my life.  I have sustained friendships from all parts of my life; friendships that weather the storms and gaps of time and distance.  I am blessed and simply grateful. 

Now for the fun part...PHOTOS!

Waiting for yummy pizza at Transfer

Title belt me!  STRIKE

Lisa at Koz's Mini Bowl

Doing the Happy Dance at Koz's Mini Bowl
Janelle "Strike Master" Tavormina
It should read "31"
Lisa and Janelle at Milwaukee Public Market

Charlie's Angles or Random Lion Hide?  You decide!


em said...

SO fun! And I'm so glad that I've gotten to spend some fabulous time with you three.... :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great post. It makes me happy to see pictures of you and your friends having so much fun. These are the moments we can't take for granted...they are not guarenteed. Continued blessings and mirth to you!!!

Anonymous said...

I just saw this!!! I love it and I love you! I cherish my friendship with you and Lisa. I won't let that much time go by again. xoxoxoxoxo Soul sisters! Em, I agree!
-Janelle Strikemaster Tavormina