Last night with Jinky was incredibly beneficial for me in so many ways.
We laughed and strolled the mall as much as my knee would allow and we shopped a bit for the sake of it. Then we had dinner and talked about things near and dear to our hearts. I had forgotten how warm I feel inside when I'm with Jinky and it all came rushing back to me as if the last 4 years were the blink of an eye.
It was November 2003 when we were last here in Indy for the Grand Nationals. Jinky was just a few weeks away from her delivery and Big Brother was only 18 months old. I realized last night that Jinky and I have the kind of friendship that transcends time and that no matter how long it had been since we had seen each other, it had not been too long. Who knew that 7 or 8 years ago on an AOL message board that I would meet women who would change my life forever? Who knew that as life changed and we all grew, that I would still be in contact with several of them and we'd have nurturing friendships that lasted?
After we laughed over stories about our kids during dinner, we came back up to my hotel room and had some spa treatments while we listened to some soothing sounds. Twenty minutes must have trickled by while we relaxed and I just kept thinking that I was so blessed to have a friend like her that I could just relax and be myself with. Not one sound or word was muttered during that time. I imagined that time was standing still. I felt so trusted and accepted for just who I am. It was such a sharp contrast to the friendship that was abruptly ended Thursday evening by email.
If you have a friend like that..... (the one which you can spend time with and not even talk or one who you really value), make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
Jinky, I think part of the reason that we enjoy each other so much is because we know how valuable ourtime together is. I hope you know how special you are to me and how much I appreciate that you are a giver who is able to receive and not a taker who isn't able to give.