What have you learned from another woman this week? (or ever)
Aren't old friends the best?
I spent the weekend with one of the first people I met when I went to Trevecca. Gwen was my suitemate, which meant for most people freshman year that you shared a bathroom. Our suite was different though--we all came in brand new to TN, a bit unsure of what the future held...and we became immediate best friends--Lindsay, Beth, Gwen and I. It was very rare those first 2 years that if you found one of us the other 3 weren't somewhere within very close proximity. Sadly, after sophomore year neither my roommate Lindsay nor Gwen were able to come back to TNU. Gwen did come to our graduation and she was also a part of Beth's wedding a couple of years ago. So while I had been able to see her a couple of times since 2001, we had never spent more than a few hours together at best.
However, about 2 weeks ago I got a text message from her asking if she could crash at my place if she decided to come to Nashville for the week of the 23rd. Of course I said yes! She has a brother that lives down here as well, so she stayed with him for the first part of the week and then came here on Thursday.
Gwen is one of those people who is genuinely GOOD. She's Godly, she's friendly to all, and she's one of the absolute sweetest people I have ever met. We didn't really do anything that exciting together...just spent time together. But since that is one of my primary love languages, that's exactly what I needed with this dear friend. I think we agree that the best part of the weekend was Saturday night when we sat for hours and made jewelry together. She had expressed an interest in seeing how I did it, and I taught her how to make a necklace as well as matching earrings. She did a fabulous job--I wish I had taken pictures of her final results--and we just laughed and had such a good time while we worked.
I guess this really showed me that it's not about WHAT you do when you're together that makes it quality time. It's that you're truly present in the moment and truly there for one another.
I never got a great picture of the two of us together this weekend, but this one is better than none :) One of those dorky self-taken ones!