Saturday, July 14, 2007

bookends

M and I are off on an adventure. J will soon drop us at the airport and we'll fly south where M will spend a week at her grandparents in her own mini version of Older Americans Idolize Me and I will get to spend two days with two of my closest friends in the world. We are only together once a year, with N living in Syria trips home are infrequent. So we covet these yearly sabbaticals, these 48 hours of freedom and release and connection.

We will put on our sweats and go to our favorite taco stands and head back to E's house and eat and laugh and cry and love. We will hold each other and tease each other and come clean on some things. We will sleep late and swap books and talk about our children. We will remind each other of our youth and push each other forward. We'll go for long walks and gawk at good looking men just like we have done for the last 20 years. We will ooh and aah and say what we mean.

These are my sisters.

And they don't know about my blog. The last time we were together this was new and I hadn't yet met most if not all of you. How one puts that into words is daunting and we'll see if I spill the goods or not, if I can find the words to explain how extraordinary this place is and why I love it so. But either way, I won't be back for a few days.

Delicious weekend, all.

36 comments:

carrie said...

You have so much to be proud of, to share and inspire others with when it comes to this space. It is just another part of you and I think if you share it with your friends, they'll see the beauty too.

Anyhow, have a wonderful time with them - I'm sure M will come home feeling like the center of the universe! :)

Carrie

Deezee said...

I know this is close to an impossible offer given how precious time is with old friends, but if you find yourselves tripping through Venice and want a place to wash your toes or sip wine roofdeck style, come knock on my door. No advance reservations required...

Redneck Mommy said...

Have fun sugar.

May the weekend serve you and yours well.

Big smooches.

thailandchani said...

Oh, wow! This sounds wonderful! I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends. The stories when you get back will be good, I'm sure. :)

Safe travels....


Peace,

~Ch

KC said...

This sounds absolutely amazing. Have an incredible time! Will be eager to hear all about it when you get back- spare no girly details. xo

meno said...

Have a wonderful time. If you do decide to tell, say hello to your sisters for me.

ewe are here said...

There's nothing in the world like catching up with long time friends who you don't get to spend time with very often....

I have such a friend coming to visit in about a week and can't wait.

Hope you have a wonderful visit.

Joker The Lurcher said...

i so love being with old friends - i have one friend who i have known since we were 12 - you cannot bullshit someone who has known you that long!

Kyla said...

Those are the best friends...the ones that feel just like coming home again. Have a wonderful time, jen.

wordgirl said...

Sounds heavenly. Have a good and safe trip.

deb said...

I have a friend like that, my chosen sister. She fills my cup.

slouching mom said...

"Older Americans Idolize Me."

Snort.

Have a wonderful time.

Laurie said...

Have a blast!

flutter said...

have a wonderful time, beautiful girl

liv said...

have fun, lovey!

kristen said...

I hope you have a fantastic time, I know you will. My closest friends know nothing about my blog and I sorta like it that way.

Safe travels friend.

Sober Briquette said...

sounds perfect.

urban-urchin said...

have a wonderful time. it's sounds amazing.

painted maypole said...

Enjoy! And if you do tell them, tell us all how you did it and how it went, because it looks like there are a lot of us who are still a bit in the closet about blogging as well, and we'd love to know how it goes!

Susanne said...

I hope you have a super weekend.

kgirl said...

sounds perfectly amazing. enjoy.

Aliki2006 said...

Have a fantastic trip!

QT said...

Have fun, hot mama - and yes, if you do spill the beans, say hi for me.

Christine said...

enjoy, my friend, enjoy.

be sure to let us know if you share your blog secret. i never did share mine with my sis. . .

Beck said...

I hope your weekend was great.
I recently told most of my friends about my blog and while most of them were at least politely interested (and a few were SO interested that they started their own blogs), two were SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED! REALLY!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time, darlin'. Have a taco for me too.

crazymumma said...

And babe...the men will oogle back.

Having soul sisters is so filling. Have the best time.

and you will know whether to tell them or not.

Jocelyn said...

Being honest:

my first reaction to this lovely, heartfelt post is "She's heading somewhere *south* and will wear sweats?"

I'm an idiot like that. But I do hope you can share the wonder of your blog with your friends, no matter what you're wearing.

Jocelyn said...

Oh, and btw, I'm posting tomorrow and giving you an award in it!

luckyzmom said...

I am jealous. You are so lucky. Have two happy new days!!!!

Hel said...

Have a wonderful, wonderful time.

Jenn said...

I understand, how hard it is to explain what you feel for these people here.

Strangers just don't exist in my little blog community. That's probably why it feels so safe and warm and why people are so reluctant to invite guests in.

What if they are the unappreciative sort that tracks mud all through the house that you've spent a day of your life scrubbing in preparation for their arrival?

Jennifer said...

I nervously told my real life "sisters" about my blog some months after I started it. Without telling them, I felt I was somehow keeping something from them. Even though that wasn't the case at all. It turned out to be a wonderful thing to share with them. Tell, tell! And enjoy the vacation, it sounds fantastic.

- Jennifer (Faking It)

allrileyedup said...

Hope you have/had a great weekend. I just spent a full week with my best friend and would-be sister. I see her approx once a year if I am lucky, and only for a day or two. I watched her get married over the course of this past week. There are no words.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I hope you have a wonderful time!

I have the same problem putting my love of doing this into words that adequately express what it means to me. I think it is one of those things you have to do to truly understand!

bgirl said...

love times like this. *covet* is exactly the right way to phrase it. there is simply nothing like old friends where you can truly say what you mean, and love each other all the more for it.

cheers to you. enjoy enjoy enjoy.