Everyone needs a little reminder every now and then. Sometimes when you have been friends with someone for so long you forget or maybe the better wording is you take for granted why your friends are your friends. Often it is some sort of tragedy or heartache that reminds you of why you are friends with a particular person. Last night I had one of those experiences that makes you sit back and say I'm so glad we are friends. It wasn't tragic in any sense of the word. In fact, anyone looking in on the situation would think it was just an ordinary night. But that is the thing about ordinary - it can be extraordinary!
One of my dearest friends in the world stopped by for an unexpected visit (truth be told - we kind of planned it - but very last minute and loosey-goosey). She played with Benjamin and he was so enamored by his Auntie. I have to say she has an incredible way with children and I just really appreciated her taking the time to just "be" with Ben. Wally convinced her to stay for dinner. We laughed a lot and this scene happened above (see picture). Benjamin showed her a toy then he wanted to show her another, then another and another until it became a game of how many things we can balance on Auntie Jennifer. He was so proud of himself and Auntie Jennifer was an ACE balance-r! In fact, she might consider it as a second career. Not only was she comfortable hanging out with my son, but she has a great rapport with my husband as well. It is one of those things that makes you happy and think "thank GOD my husband likes my friend!' and vice versa.
We also had an opportunity to spend some time alone. While Wally got Benjamin ready for bed, she helped me clear the table and we talked. I washed the dishes and she told me a story about people we knew. I added in my color commentary and it was just easy and natural. When it was time to see her go, I really didn't want to see her leave - not in a crazy psycho single white female way, but just a "I wish I spent more time with her way."
When I woke up this morning, I thought about what a great friend Jennifer is in my life and all the many things she has brought to it. Everyone needs a little reminder now and then. Thanks for the reminder Jennifer - let's remind each other more often.