Part of our recent trip was a trip back “home” to Mooresville, NC where we lived for about 9 years. It seems a long time ago since we moved in 2007 and even though I have been back numerous times Chris has not made the trip with me. Being the nice guy that he is he funds my trips ! But this time we made it a point to stop for the night there and see some friends and catch up.
There is nothing like friends who know you, who have lived through life with you and walked similar paths. These are our friends in Mooresville. We lived life together. We laughed together. We cried together. This particular group were church friends and boy oh boy—did we go through church drama together! I think that is why our bond is so strong. We have been through the good, the bad and the ugly together. Our group was much larger but many could not make it to our dinner reunion (and they were all missed) but the ones that were there totally enjoyed catching up on life. Grandbaby pictures were shared from those lucky grandparents, job and retirement stories were talked about and of course we had the “girl end” and the “boy end” of the table so we would not be shouting over each other.
There are friendships that occur in life that definitely are those that are lifetime friendships. I think I am blessed with far more of those than many people are mainly because we have moved over the years so I get to meet more people. Chris says I am a good friend. I hope that I am. I hate to lose track of people and I know that friendships need maintenance and care if they are to survive the test of time and geography. I treasure my friends and I hope that they all know it.
There seemed to be an eating theme. It is the South, you know, and food is as vital as sweet tea! We shared lunch with one of my friends and former co-workers from my church working days. We were also able to have breakfast with our friend George who was our best man and his wife. We had lunch with our good friend “Cotton” Ketchie and his wife Vickie before we left Mooresville at Lancaster BBQ (one of our favs) and I was able to pick up a copy of his latest book Trouble in Love Valley which will be my airplane read on the way home. You definitely need to check out “Cotton”—-click here for his website which shows just a portion of his talent as an artist and writer.
I am so blessed by being able to enjoy moments like these with friends from all over. What friendships are the most precious to you?