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Today I traveled an hour away to see a dear friend. We met in 1993 at a marketing firm when I worked on the help desk and she was part of the computer purchasing team.
Carol and I are friends who won't see each other for months, yet pick up where we left off. She's got a great attitude and no agenda. Whatever we decide to do, minute-to-minute, it's great. If she has a better idea, she will offer it. No biggie if you want to do something else.
Our conversations run the gamut from husbands (every wife needs a little venting time to truly appreciate her hubby), to kids, to home repair and HGTV, to cooking (or baking - it's more fun), to family drama.
I like spending time with Carol because as much as she's a great talker, she is a great listener. She lets me think out loud and dream and problem solve. When I say I shouldn't complain about small problems when other people have big problems, she tells me,
"That problem is big to you. You are allowed to feel however you need to feel."
Carol has seen all sides of me: techy nerd, out-of-state resident, new mom, career changer, software widow, mom-to-teens. She continues to be a friend, and nothing I do or say will change that.
I'm glad to have her in my life, especially when she sends a fun text message. She reminds me to live in the moment and appreciate what is going well.