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."