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25 June 2009 @ 08:16 pm
Thank you all so much for the good wishes...  
...in my previous post about my lunch with my good friend who I hadn't seen in over 7 years. :)

We met at my working place and walked over to CPK and caught up on the seven or so years that we'd been absent from each other's lives. It was... lovely! She is still very much the same person I stayed up to talk with for hours in college about our boyfriends, life, and our future... We spoke about everything - our men, our jobs, our lives -- where we'd thought we'd be, and how surprised we were at how things had worked out in both our lives.

She's a doctor now, and works as a pediatric opthomologist at a hospital near my office - she and her husband are like Mark & I,... probably will not end up having children... and, for the most part, it's okay with us. We talked about mutual friends, about people we hadn't seen in the longest time from our college days... it was wonderful.

When we left she told me what prompted her email (seemingly, to me, out of the blue.) She and I have always said that we'd go out to lunch, dinner, etc. but we never got around to setting a formal date. She told me that she always meant to call or email, but she was busy, she knew I was busy, etc... and time always seemed to get away from us and suddenly it was next Christmas and we never did get together...

Then she asked me if I remembered her friend Stephanie. She said that she hadn't seen or spoken with her in a long time as well (they had always talked about getting together too...) and she called her because she had heard that Stephanie was a realtor and she and her husband were thinking of buying a place. She told me that after many attempts to contact her, they finally got in touch with each other,... only to find that Stephanie was in the late stages of cancer and only had a short time to live. :( She said she really regretted not having made the time to meet up with her... and she said she didn't ever want that to happen to us.

I almost cried!

We made a promise that we would get together more frequently and semi-planned our next dinner outing - and this time we plan to drag the men out with us. :)

THEN (1990) Yes, we're holding up a tree... :P We're silly! :P

NOW (June 25, 2009)

I am SO glad that we got the chance to meet up! She is and always will be my best friend from college, the one I told everything to,... the one who stayed up with me for hours when I broke up with my boyfriend, my maid of honor at my wedding... and I'm SO glad that she's back in my life... :)
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Chelsea Frewchelseafrew on June 26th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I am glad it went so well!!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! It was so nice to see her and to discover that she was the same person I'd always know and we weren't so different in our old age. ;)
That Vampyra Girlangyllina on June 26th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am so glad it went welll...and you are both so lovely! I always like your pictures - you have this infectious smile!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH for your sweet comments!! :) It was really nice to see her and hopefully we'll be able to stay in touch. Thanks so much again!! :)
Smithasmittenbyu on June 26th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't caught up on your previous post... but a wonderful reunion! So sad to hear the story about Stephanie. Puts life in perspective! I should give a call to my friends whom I have been putting off to call for so long!! sigh
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I have to totally agree with you, Smitha!! It really does put life into perspective! I'm so glad that we got the chance to meet up and reconnect - and I was so glad to find that we're basically the same as we've always been, even 7 years later. :)
ellixianellixian on June 26th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the meeting went well: these friendships are the most important thing. Love the photos, then and now!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Totally agree!! These friendships are so important! I just realized that she was the only friend I have who has been with me through every single one of my boyfriends :). So glad that we were able to catch up. :)
there would never be anyone for me but you: text: love2jessnic85 on June 26th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! SO glad it went so well! :) And love the photos, too! :)

Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Thanks!! Her telling me about her friend really put things into perspective. I'm so thankful she called and we were able to reconnect. :) Hopefully it doesn't take us another 7 years to catch up again.
Michael Corleyclivec on June 27th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
I spend a great deal of the day working with Ophthalmologists. Ped. Ophthalmologist are something special.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
She really is something special so I can see what you mean. :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on June 27th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that you had such a nice time. :) I'm sad to hear the story about Stephanie. :( What Smittenbyu said "Puts life in perspective!" is really true. And I love the photos, you both look great and it doesn't matter if "then and now". :) Hope you will have a nice weekend! Big hugs to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on June 28th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
It really does put life into perspective. No matter how busy our lives, I really need to make time for those who are important to me. I'm so glad that we got to spend time together and catch up - her friendship means a lot to me. As does yours, Sabine!! HUGS!