they are the ones who text random moments so I feel like I am still part of their everyday lives, and the ones who text from the emergency room because we know mileage does not equal distance.

they are the ones who book a flight, extend an invite, or “swing by” (even 8 hours out of the way) on the “way home” from Florida.

they are the ones who send a card or picture in the mail.

they are the ones who kiss my children’s heads and hug my mom and dad.

they are the ones who will meet late at night, drive 30 miles early in the morning, or help me clean out the basement trash on the way to dinner (we’ll laugh about that…someday…).

they are the ones who appreciate my laugh.

they are the ones who know my cousins’ names and ask about my grandma.

they are the ones I don’t talk to for months but then connect with for hours.

they are the ones who have read all about it and prayed for us and cared.

they are the ones who wish we were still here but love that we love where we are.

they are the ones who listen to a story and understand a struggle and appreciate an answered prayer.

they are the ones who want to meet my dog.

they are the ones who extend genuine curiosity over sweet tea and chicken biscuits and pork BBQ, and barely make fun of me for saying “y’all.”

they are the ones whose children feel safe in my arms.

they are the ones that song* is about.

they are the ones who are far away, except not really. they are the ones I left behind, except they are still with me. they are the ones who welcome me with hugs that say I miss you and smiles that say But we’re still doing this life thing together.

And they are so, so right.

*Friends are friends forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them. And a friend will not say never, ’cause the welcome will not end.* – Thank you, Michael W. & Amy!

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  • lizzyandmrdarcy

    Not “that song” is in my head…lol.