And so the busyness of being an adult, especially after moving out on my own, has taken me by surprise and left me rather dizzy and constantly in fear that I'll forget something important, like my food cooking on the stove (based on a true store). And I know I'm not the only one who's feeling this way lately.
Her name is Suzanne and she's been one of my bestest friends since we first discovered our mutual adoration for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers while laying in our sleeping bags at a slumber party. Since then, we've been besties forever. But she got married, I started working full time, she had a baby, then I moved out, which up-ed my busyness. And even though we now only live barely a minute from each other, getting together was just far, far, far too long overdue.
But last night, we fixed that. She left baby with his grandma and I left my house that was in need of some cleaning, we just left it all behind, grabbed McDonald's sweet tea and went to my sanctuary (ie. the park) and just sat. And talked. And talked. And talked.
It's easy to forget just how much we need our friends. I love how God created us with this need we have for community, that pull we feel to be surrounded by other people who understand. And sadly, often times it's quality-time (ie. leisurely time to talk and share) with our friends that suffered the repercussions of busyness.
Last night, just being able to talk with Suzanne like old times (no baby demands and me without any schedule that called me away - as great as both of those are, especially a certain little boy who'll grow up calling me Auntie!)...getting to just sit and talk about those things that need talking out in order to be processed and handled, it was a balm to my soul. Seriously. I feel so much lighter today. Crazy, but true.
Thank you, Suz, for being the one to break us out of the busy rut! I'm already looking forward to next time.
So, to all my friends and family who read this blog...do yourself a favor and go hug a friend today. :)