Monday, September 10, 2012

OLD FRIENDS - OLD TOWN

As in friends from my past!
Technically we are old but that's not the point here!

 

Isn't it wonderful having friends. Even though I moved from Illinois to California back in 1988 I have maintained communication with several dear friends. Don't you just love the direction of events that happen in your life that God has given to you. They may not all be happy ones, that's for sure, but they bring us to our today.

Today I am going to talk about Joan and Jan who became my friends through the knitting of other friends in my life. I was living in Western Springs, IL in a lovely home. We had become friends with several of our neighbors but amazingly we don't always know what goes on behind closed doors. Then my husband left me and it was like the gathering of the broken women. There were several on our block. My neighbor/friend was Cathy and she was going through a divorce too. She ended up moving to an apartment complex where she meet Joan. That is how I meet Joan and we have been friends ever since.

Well after my divorce I needed to find a full time so I would have health insurance. I got a job at the corporate offices of Ace Hardware in Oak Brook, IL. Then later Joan got me in at the Regional office of Hormel in Oak Brook, IL.  That is where I meet Jan. I never really hung with Jan because she lived further away and I was busy with my children. However working with her was a blessing. Joan and I spent a lot of time together. I hung with her on the weekends when the kids were with Mark. Joan and Jan have remained very good friends and as it turned out Jan's son ended up here in Los Angeles years ago.  So Joan and Jan have made a few trips out this way over the years since I have been living here.

Well the next trip they planned was to come here in late August and I got to meet with them on Tuesday August 28th. It has been almost six years since I have seen them. Jan and I have been email friends for a very long time. We send each other jokes all the time so we have become very close over the years knowing about the comings and goings of our families. (I just now got Joan's email. She is not into it much but now I can keep her informed on my family) Well Jan's son now lives in San Diego which is why they were in town and I drove there to see them.


We had a wonderful time. We walked around through the little shops and then went to eat lunch. Ended up sitting there for probably 3 hours talking. Didn't realize how much I missed them and how I wish we all lived closer together. Jan is on the left and Joan is on the right. Love you guys!

"A single rose can be my garden....a single friend, my world."
Leo Buscaglia


20 comments:

April said...

Friends are such blessings, aren't they?

Trennia said...

You are so loved by so many!
You have close friends and I am glad friends are there close to you!
Girl, you have friends around the world!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Friends like that are hard to come by. How great to get to spend time together!

Love your new fall blog look!

Hilary said...

you are lucky to have such great friends, and they are equally lucky to have you!

nancygrayce said...

Circumstances can make the best of friends closer! I have a few really close friends who live far away and we only visit every now and then. But when we do, it's like we just met for coffee yesterday! I'm so glad you got to visit with your friends!

LynnMarie said...

How nice to have such friends. They are a real blessing to us from God and I'm glad you have kept in contact.

Just Be Real said...

Debby, thank you for sharing about yourself and your friend. Blessings.

Love Of Quilts said...

You have been blessed to have them stay in your life.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Amen to that. I love to see how God places people in our lives. Just this Sunday I sat down in church usually sit by myself but something told me to walk up a row and ask this lady to sit with her. Come to find out it was the lady that took my blood a few days previously. It was so nice to sit with someone and talk.

I'm so glad you got to spend sometimes with those amazing ladies!

Chatty Crone said...

I am SO VERY EXCITED for you. Have fun. It is great you are getting to see some old friends.

Unknown Mami said...

Beautiful. Friendships are such a wonderful part of life. Truly beautiful.

Simone said...

So sweet to have sister friends to hang with. You all will just have to get together more often! Cute pictures.

Mom of 12 said...

It's so nice to have friends!
Sandy

Kathy said...

How awesome that you were able to reconnect and spend time with your friends! Cute photo, too :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMGosh sorry about the anonymous comments :(. I hope they stop!

Miss Debbie said...

What a special blessing for you! So glad you had such a good time of "catching up"!

Joyce said...

This was so sweet. Old friends are just the best, aren't they/

Stephanie said...

Sometimes there is nothing sweeter then spending time with old friends:)

Laura said...

Ah!!! I love it! Reunions are so sweet (especially with wonderful girlfriends) <3

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Friends like that are a real blessing. How nice you got to have a nice visit.

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