This morning I ran into my friend Becki who I hadn't seen in a long, long while. I'm not completely certain how long the while is, but since she commented on my nose ring, I'd guess at least 14 years. More than once she exclaimed, "You're so gorgeous." This statement caught me off guard, because I don't feel my appearance has changed all that much over the years. Yes, I learned how to put on eyeliner. And yes, I got braces at the age of 29 to straighten out my snaggle tooth, but I still feel like the same Katrina I was when I was in high school.
Which, when we were in high school, Becki and I ended up on a trip to Chicago with the women's group from our church. I don't recall much from the trip, except the women from my church meeting two male dancers (I think strippers) who were also staying at our hotel. The women were enthralled by these men, and took pictures and got autographs. I found this to be a bit peculiar for a church trip, but it was when Becki and I were attending a less than Christian, Episcopal church. Today, in America, anything goes in the Episcopal church.
Then, this afternoon, I had the unexpected gift of meeting up with a friend I've known for 16 years. The difference with this friend, is that he and I have journeyed together the past 16 years. And when I'm with him, I feel known in such a way that no one else knows or gets me. I treasure the moments he and I are able to share together, and today was perhaps our greatest. Because the past year and a half our friendship got rocky, in April we forgave, but today we got to simply enjoy being with each other once more - drama free, and no more hope by me of the possibility of us someday being something more.
We spent several hours out on the sailboat, but there was no wind, so rather than sailing, we swam and laid out on the deck of the sailboat - talking - about anything and everything. My heart is thankful for this friendship, yet hoping for an even greater friendship someday with somebody else, who will be present in my life, not just on occasion, but rather, most every day, as WE encounter together whatever may come our way.