Project - My oldest friend - Kim's CJ
posted 04/24/04 at 04:20 PM
Yeah! I finally got to use some of my Teri Martin paper. It fit perfectly with the CJ topic - your oldest friendship. I created a pocket for my book and used some Rak's I have gotten (the colored staples, the blue metal chain). Also, the metal “friends” circle is from a package of tags from Target (so cute). Here is the journaling “My oldest Friend is Shannon. I remember the first time I met her in First grade. We were playing Duck, Duck, Goose with our class and I got picked to run around the circle. I fell down halfway around and she helped me up. We were friends ever since. We were the type of friends that loved to play together but got jealous of what each other had. I always wanted her canopy bed and she always wanted my Sunshine Family play set. We had a great time together riding bikes, playing pretend and going swimming. Even though we were only in the same state until I was 9, we stayed in touch. Our mothers had become best friends so if we had lost touch our mothers would still be keeping tabs on us.
A couple of times over the years, we would visit each other and we always wrote letters but we became really close around the time we both got married. I think that is when we realized we seemed to share in life’s events. We both met our soon to be husbands around the same time and got married a month a part. Sadly we both lost our mothers within months of each other and her Mom was one of the last people to have contact with my Mother. I know they both had a special place in their hearts for each other and they would be glad that their daughters would help each other to move on with life. The bond Shannon and I already shared grew stronger through our loss and we leaned on each other as we both became mothers and experienced the giant hole in your life when your mother is gone and you become one. Today, I am thankful every day for her. We constantly email and enjoy the rare times we can talk on the phone.
Last year my grandfather was very ill and she came with me to visit him. I don’t know what I would have done without her support. We also got to fit in some girl time and you know you’ve got a friend for life when you can talk for 5 hours straight on a road trip (being careful not to miss your exits) and spend every minute together for a week and not get sick of each other. My grandfather passed away in Dec and her grandmother passed away a couple of months later. Now we joke about when we will both win the lottery or at least have something good happen to both of us. We spoil each other and our kids with gifts for each holiday or just because. We have exchanged a silver “treasure ball” which can hold little gifts for the past 9 years. When I open a box from Shannon and see that little ball I know there is something in it just for me.
We are looking forward to more “girlfriend” trips together in the future and I know we will be friends for life. I told her on our last trip that we have to be in the same nursing home together when we get old so we can talk and be together anytime we want!” TFL! I am so glad I can carry on the memories of our mothers.