Friends: New and Old

Last Wednesday, I posted about my desire for more depth in my relationships, particularly in my female friendships. I’m totally swept away by how quickly that wish is coming true! Since last Wednesday, I have met up with two amazing women — one a new friendship, and the other a rekindling of an old friendship — and I already feel my life being enriched.

My new friend, Shirley Ann. She's a fellow artist and student in Flying Lessons.Last Friday, I met up with Shirley Ann, a fellow student in Kelly Rae Roberts’ class, Flying Lessons. Shirley Ann lives about 20 miles away from me (which seems pretty close in the rural area I live in), so we arranged to spend the afternoon together. From the first minute, it was like we were the best of friends. Although most of our conversation centered on creativity, art and our creative business dreams, we also talked on a more personal level; we talked about children (her beautiful baby and my inability to have kids) and husbands, home ownership, celebrity in America, and our common desire to live in a small, tightly knit community. She even honored me by sharing her wedding photos with me.

Shirley Ann said the greatest thing while we were talking about celebrity: “All my rock stars are authors”. Since I’m not one to be overly impressed by the fame of singers and actors — and because I enjoy the intimate sharing that can come from writing — I really appreciated this sentiment.

Shirley Ann’s house is beautifully decorated with art, photographs, and lovely furniture and accessories. She has a great eye for throwing a pillow or setting a table. She was a gracious hostess, serving me the best home made juice and a variety of finger foods. She made me feel at home from the moment I walked in the door. She gave me a tour of her gorgeous, colorful creative space, and shared some of her creations with me. She gave me a fun pillow and one of her fabric flowers in my favorite color combination.

I can’t wait to see her again next week!

Then, Monday, I met an old high school friend for lunch at the Olive Garden. Marie and I were not particularly close friends in high school, but we liked each other well enough. We didn’t run in the same circles, but we had a couple of classes together through the years and had a couple of mutual friends.

Like so many people do, we reconnected on Facebook. We didn’t just friend each other and stop there, however. We spent hours on chat and sent several messages back and forth, catching up, and we discovered that we had a lot in common. We made countless plans to get together, but something always seemed to interfere.

We spent about four hours at the restaurant, enjoying good food, laughing and talking. You’d have never known that we hadn’t seen each other in so many years. Like my meeting with Shirley Ann, Marie and I were comfortable with each other from the start. There was never a quiet moment!¬†We both love art and our creativity is central to who we are. We have similar political views. We have had several similar personal experiences along the way.

Marie and I didn’t make any specific plans to get together again, but I’m sure we will. I hope it’s soon!

These are the kind of women I want more of in my life — strong, beautiful, funny, giving, emotional available. Women who aren’t afraid to let themselves be seen for who they are — and women who want to see me for who I really am. I feel so fortunate that these two women have come into my life in a really big way. And I’m looking forward to more!

2 Responses to Friends: New and Old
  1. Susan Walls
    September 1, 2011 | 12:03 PM

    How much fun! Sounds like a great time was had by all! See you “flying”!


  2. Kathleen
    September 4, 2011 | 8:25 PM

    I really enjoyed reading about your visits – one with a new friend and one with a friend from your past – thanks for sharing!