I was lucky enough to spend some time this Saturday with a bunch of good friends from my college years. We all gathered together to celebrate the soon-to-be addition of another baby girl to our clan.
There's always someting kind of special about us all getting together and I can never truly describe it. And often, I wonder if I'm the only one who really feels it. Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. (I do tend to be a bit mushy if you couldn't tell and am known as the one who ALWAYS has the camera ready). But really that isn't what's important. Not at all.
To me, the effort of us all getting together here and there to celebrate each other's lives is, just, well, moving. We're all busy, we all live in different places, and we all have our own lives. But I know without a doubt if there's anything I need, those friends would be there in a heartbeat. And I think that's pretty special.
But, what struck me as funny was that the the mention of my pug, Roxy, and her age is what somehow made us all pause and reflect a bit on how long it had been. We were all chit-chatting as usual when someone asked (I can't even remember why) how old she was...which made me really have to think about when I'd gotten her. I'd estimate it was 2000 or 2001 and she's around 10 years old now. I bought her when my girlfriend, Liz, and I lived together after college, back before any of us were married, had children, or moved away.
Here we were, many of our own kids running around us, as we celebrated the newest pregnancy and caught up on everyone's lives, so much having changed, and all of us barely even noticed. The kids being around or us growing up has come so naturally that you don't even blink an eye. Your friends, who they are, those amazing things they do and have become, that remains the same. We may grow older, but those around us who care about us are getting older too, and it's hard to notice.
But a random fact about an aging dog? Somehow that put it into perspective, causing us all to stop for a moment, pause, and think about how long we'd all known each other. And there weren't many words, no lingering statements that I remember, just a feeling. And that feeling was friendship.
May you all have those friendships that make life special!