Monday, November 19th, 2007 • 1 Comment on Ready, Relaxed and Red
As always, once Sheri gets into town I am ready to kick off the holiday season. Though we only see each other once a year (twice, if we’re lucky), Sheri’s presence relaxes me in a way no one else can. We’ve known each other since 1988 and have been spending Thanksgiving together since 1990 (with the exception of two years, we think). Though we have only lived in the same state (Florida) for a grand total of a year and a half, we have a friendship that doesn’t falter. We’ll go a week—or a month—without being able to talk and an entire year without seeing each other and then pick up where we left off as if it was yesterday.
We’re planning a trip for our twentieth anniversary next year. We met in the summer, but I’m not sure when the trip will happen. It kind of depends on where we go. Paris, Costa Rica, Maine, Canada—it could be anywhere. In all of these years of knowing each other, we’ve only gone on one trip together—London, 2003. It turns out that we travel together as easily as we do everything else together. It just works.
It’s hard to believe she’s been here two days already. Thanksgiving used to be a long weekend, now we’re up to 9 whole days. We haven’t yet hit a point where she’s been here too long. The time flies by and it’s time for her to leave before I know it. So, I enjoy it while she’s here.
I’m fiercely protective of this week with Sheri—it’s precious to me for a lot of reasons. She’s the sister I never had (though she has three of her own); she’s the closest thing to family I have besides Jay; she is my oldest friend, the one who remembers me when I was single while all of my closest friends only know me in the context of being married; she has always been there—even when Jay was deployed, regardless of what state we each were in, no matter what was going on in her life—she’s there. I have other friends who are there for me, but Sheri has been there the longest and across the widest distance. That kind of friend comes along once in a blue moon.
Few people make me feel at ease in their presence, at peace with myself. Sheri does that for me. And let me tell you, I need that right now.
Don’t I look peaceful?