My best friend (she lives in Nebraska) surprised me this weekend with a visit that she had been coordinating with my husband for a couple of months!! I am difficult to surprise, and so I was totally floored! Only one other time has someone tried to surprise me, and it was my husband and I totally innocently found out about it (I didn't let him know though). So, when my friend J.S. walked through my door on Friday afternoon I couldn't believe it!
We had an amazing weekend doing not much of anything. She and her husband have been married for less than 2 years and my hubby and I haven't had many opportunities to hang out with them as a couple, so this was perfect. We watched our beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers pull a record-breaking win over Ohio State, we introduced them Texas BBQ, and we stayed up late laughing and talking and watching lame TV.
J.S. and I have the kind of friendship that is long-lived, well-tested and bullet-proof. We've had our fair share of ups and downs, but in the end, we are connected in a way I'm not with anyone else. We can go months without talking and always just pick up right where we left off. She knows more about me than just about anyone and understands me in a way no one else does. She is family. Elbert Hubbard said it best when he said a best friend knows all about you and loves you anyway. Oh the stories we could tell about each other . . .
We met in middle school and became friends in high school. It takes a long time to build an old friend, and if you can make it out of high school (which is arguably the worst and most awkward time of life), then it's pretty special. Close friendships like that don't just happen every day, especially after you're married. Kids, jobs, marriage, work and just general responsibility seem to get in the way of having the experiences that you have with friends while you are in high school or college. It's just not the same
So, it was awesome to be able to spend time with someone who I know is not judging me on my messy house that still does not have a kitchen. We enjoyed getting to know her husband better and having our kids hang out with them (waking them up at 7:30am!). I live in Texas and miss my family and friends in Nebraska, and so it was like a little chicken soup for the soul to have J.S. surprise me like that. I had been needing some refreshing, and this was exactly what I didn't know I needed!
I hope everyone has at least one close friend like that and has the opportunity to have at least one lazy weekend together. There's nothing more satisfying or fun than spending time with people you don't get to see often. Thank you J.S. and N.R. for an awesome surprise!!