When I turned 40 over two years ago I gathered my mom, sisters and friends for a four day celebration at the ocean. I wrote a poem about all the different friendships gathered in the room before me. This week I dug out that poem and rewrote it fitting my friendships today which are the same, different, reshaped, new and still very very blessed and close to my heart.
Plenty To Go Around
We talk every day
I call once a week
you prefer email
our face to face conversations are best
I run into you at the right moment
Connecting once a week once a month once a year.
We knew each other in diapers
took the same class
solved the world’s problems
discovered each other on our children’s playground
reconnected at the grocery store in book club introduced at a dinner party on Face Book
our paths crossing because of the stars aligning our children’s ages our needs our desires
We have shared the same bathroom
pot of tea, bottle of wine
recipes, parenting nursing gardening advice
We meet for long walks
movie dates tea coffee gossip catching up
together we run walk practice yoga
creating words sacred space
bonds that won’t be broken but perhaps only shared for a short time
you are my running walking yoga writing meditating sharing – partner.
We sit in silence
never short on words
you are the talker
I am the talker
We are mothers
planters of dreams
women who pray
artists, seekers of joy, enthusiastic readers, movie goers
dancers and drinkers of life.
We laugh some more
I spill my heart
You let me
We come together when the other needs us most.
You are the circle that surrounds me
lifts me up when I am low
grounds me when I am in the clouds.
You are my sisters
Without your friendship
I would be a single flower in a barren field
together we are a garden alive with color
full of grace
Bound by love.
by J.G. McGlothern