The blessing of old friends

This weekend some of our favorite people, the Gentry's, came for a visit.

Clint & Lindsay with their adorable son Simon

I've known both Clint and Lindsay for over a decade.  I met Lindsay the beginning of my senior year.  I had transfered to Marshalltown, IA the year before and had yet to find any kindred spirits. Lindsay instantly intrigued me - she's beautiful, smart, witty, and incredibly poised. Shortly after meeting her I got ill after a cross county meet and "lost it" all over her back pack (one decked out with her favorite patches and athletic letters), she handled it so much kindness and grace that I knew I had found a lifelong friend.

I met Clint my first week at ISU. It was an accidental meeting, I started talking only to look up and find my companion gone and Clint listening instead. He laughed, kept listening, and we quickly became friends. Lindsay enrolled at ISU a year later and it wasn't long before her and Clint were a couple -- they both think I have great taste in friends :).

Our time together in college meant they saw me at some of my worst moments.  Lindsay and I were roommates so she's aware that I have many flaws.  They supported me and encouraged me when I was heart broken and celebrated with me when I met my husband. They live over five hours away so we don't get to see them as much as we'd like but both Jeremy and I treasure the times that we do. It's refreshing and easy because with them there are no expectations other than just to be ourselves.  Here's two of my favorite quotes on friendship.

"A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway." -- Christi Mary Warner

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

I'm sure like ours, your lives are busy. You may constantly be meeting new people, but if you have old friends, friends who've seen the "true you" and love you anyways, work hard to keep them close. They are one of life's sweetest blessings.

1 comment:

  1. I'll given an "amen" to that any day. It's encouraging to know that such friends can still be held on to after so long and so far from such close times.

    One of my favorite quotes on the subject:

    "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C. S. Lewis


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