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Day 67: Visit from an old friend

Today an old friend stopped by and we were able to chat for almost an hour. What an unexpected gift!

Callie lives more than 500 miles away and with just a couple of days notice, she made a quick trip to our hometown last weekend. It worked out that she was able to stop and spend some time outside with the boys and me on her way back home today! An additional gift was today's mid-60 temperature, which made being outside on March 7 much more pleasant than it typically is.

One of the things I love about living in Fargo is that it is a destination for people from my hometown and a common place to pass through for people heading to the twin cities and beyond. Because its a 12-hour drive, it doesn't always work for Callie to stop when she's passing through, but it was just what I needed today.

We have been friends since high school, but we've known each other basically our whole lives, as her older brother and I were in the same class since kindergarten and our houses were just a couple blocks apart. The two of us are at different places in our lives but our friendship is one of those that when we are together, no matter how long it has been, we pick up where we left off and always enjoy each other so much. We typically see each other once a year or sometimes even less often than that, but we have never lost touch and I hope we never do.

One of the topics we discussed today was different kinds of friendships, and making "new" friends as adults while retaining those older friends, who know things about you that you'd prefer new friends didn't, who have seen you at your worst and who still love you in spite of it all. There's certainly a level of excitement and peace that comes with adulthood friends, but also such a gift in those few childhood friendships that remain strong well into adulthood. I'm so very grateful that I am able to experience the many different kinds and levels of friendships with such terrific people.

Also, happy birthday, Ahrie, if you're reading this! We met our first year of college, so we're coming up on knowing each other for half of our lives. What a great day to speak of friendship, because she's another one of the dearest of mine!


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