New (and Old) Friends.

Next to Marc, I’ve been friends with Francie longer than anyone else. We met the day I started my first job out of college (the one I retired from 27 years later). It was a very small company (I was employee number 34; she says she was 33) and we soon became co-workers and great friends. She and her husband Dale have celebrated many happy occasions with us – our wedding, the births of two daughters and the wedding of one. They relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1996 so we don’t get to see each other very often, but it doesn’t seem to matter. She’s the kind of friend I can see for five minutes after a two-year gap and it seems like we just saw each other last week.

We spent a great day together yesterday, but for me, the highlight was introducing her to Sam,

having her see how much Charlie has grown and changed since she last saw him (at age three weeks); and then having dinner – just us girls – with Katie.

new friends. old friends. great friends. dear friends.

P.S. Francie also accompanied me and Katie to Paris in 2009 and me and Sara to Florence in 2014. Some of our favorite shared memories were made during those two trips and I love that they include Katie and Sara.

9 thoughts on “New (and Old) Friends.

  1. Friends who have been with us through most of our life events are truly special people. How wonderful you were able to spend a day together!

  2. A friend you instantly reconnect with no matter how much time has passed is the best kind of friend to have. Thanks for sharing your day with Francie with us!

  3. It is wonderful to have a dear long-term friend like Francie! Each one of you has a really lovely smile and to see them all together shows how much you enjoy each other's company. Here's hoping the next get-together isn't too far away in the future!

  4. Those are the best kind of friends… what fun you had! And, I am sure she enjoyed meeting Sam and seeing Charlie and Katie as well! (Also, your hair is getting so long! It looks GREAT!!)

  5. Oh the joys of a long time friendship! Something to cherish. You all look so wonderful and happy. A lovely post – thanks for sharing.

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