Friday, February 27, 2009

Friendship and Trains



That's me and my best good friend JoJo - for almost 20 years now. She is a spicy, sassy, opinionated, adorable Italian - with dark eyes and olive skin. Her natural curls fall to her shoulders and bounce when she walks or laughs or turns her head. We have been friends since 1992. We have lived and shared everything; from births to deaths, illness, wellness, holidays, birthdays, just because days and drank enough wine together to paralyze a small army. Our sons are also best friends - and her husband and mine like, respect, appreciate each other and do 'guy' things together - like the Red Sox/Yankees game this past August.

I am lucky to have a best good friend. I can tell her anything and I never worry about judgment or an 'eye-roll' or a raised eyebrow. We trust each other with our secrets and we celebrate our joys and agonize over our sorrows. JoJo and I are forever friends - of the heart.

I appreciate, value, and honor the gift of friendship. Some friends have gone - some I still miss and wonder why they left - some I remember and also I know that our friendship was for a season, a reason, and not a life time. My good and amazing friend Sophie (Ashley) and I often talk about the friend we each have that we would throw ourselves in front of a train for - Hers is Danielle, and mine is JoJo. Although we both also know that we would do that for each other too, and also for Dale and Tina - the 'pajama party' group. JoJo, like her Danielle have had that place the longest - the jump in front of the train place. And now there are four! Wow!

Here's to friendship and trains! :-)

Love Gail
peace.....

14 comments:

Val said...

Gail,
You ARE blessed to have such a dear friend(s)!

Thank you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking comments on my blog. I always look forward to reading what you write here and there!

Gail said...

Hi Val-

Blessed indeed. :-) And I like where your posts take me - they allow me to search way beyond the obvious.

Gail
peace.....

Andy said...

Friends like that are essential, even if they remain only for a season. I cannot imagine ever being without a 'friend' of that sort.

Nice post Gail - and nice friend!

NAVAL LANGA said...

Ms. Gail

I read your writing about your friend. In this time of neat commercialization, to have such a friend is nothing less than the God's blessing.

Naval Langa

Gail said...

Hi Andy-

So nice to see you here. :-)

And ya, friends are essential - I know you know!

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi Naval-
Thanks for your kind words. And yes, friends are God-sent.

Love Gail
peace

The Rambling Taoist said...

My best friend is my wife, Della. It's the reason our marriage has endured the highs and lows, the good and bad. I can't imagine a life without her, though, if she dies before me, I know that life WILL go on...it will just be a tad bit emptier than what I might desire.

Kartz said...

A heart-warming read. And as said above, you are blessed indeed.

Cherish it. And my wishes for your friendship to be spoken of in the days to come.

Friendship is wonderful; friendship, is divine.
It grows a lot better with time, like ye olde wine.


:)

Peace.

Comrade Kevin said...

True friends are rare, and thus must be treasured.

Gail said...

Hi Rambling Taiost-

I am very happy you came by. My husband is me dearest friend as well. My 'girl-friends' are so precious and have a special place in my life. But I know without the strength, love and intimacy between me and my husband, well, it is my foundation, our haven of hope - other posts I have written speak of this, one that comes to mind is "Nests".
I am very happy for you that you and your wife are best friends. You spoke of, "if she dies before you", and may I say, that my sister just lost her husband of 40+ years and knows of the emptyness of which you wrote.
Well, I am glad to meet you and know you some.

Love Gail,
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi Kartz-

Always good to see you. I too hope that my friendship with JoJo will be one about which I can write for years to come.

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi Kevin -

How are you?

Yes, rare and to be treasured, indeed. :-)

Love Gail
peace.....

Andy's best mate said...

Gail
I know exactly how you feel. Andy by best mate from Milan is my rock. I don't know what I would do without him. I am blessed. Love from Wales x

Gail said...

A big HELLO to you, "Any's best mate"!!! :-) So nice of you to stop by. ANd I am thrilled to know that he is your 'rock' and that you and he are blessed with a wonderful friendship.

Love Gail
peace.....