Om Namo Amitabha Buddhaya

I am writing a quick post before I head out of town this Wednesday morning. I’ll be going to Portland, Oregon to visit a couple of friends. They are longtime friends of mine from my childhood. I’ve known them since I was only 6 years old. That’s a long time. What a blessing it is to have lifelong friends. My friend Brinn and I took ballet together when we were in first grade.

Amitabha BuddhayaWe carpooled but we were also friends from school, too. We were friends all the way throughout grade school and high school. We lost touch a little bit in college but reconnected several years ago around the time of our ten year reunion from high school. When she got married three years ago I went to her wedding in Portland and I reconnected with her older sister then, as well. Her sister and I didn’t know each other really well in school, but we’ve become friends in the last couple of years. I had a chance to hang out with her at the wedding and we had a lot of fun. I’m really glad I’ll be getting to see them both. It’s especially cathartic seeing them since my father passed away almost two years ago. Our families went to the same church going up and her parents knew my parents pretty well.

Brinn also knew my father from spending so much time together when we were teenagers. It’s really incredible to have people in our lives who have known us almost as long we have known ourselves. What an amazing thing to think she’s been a part of my life since I was 6. I’ve realized, in the last several years, how important it is to me to continue to nurture these relationships in my life. I know many of us have discovered this, as well, especially with Facebook and all of that these days. As great as Facebook is, it doesn’t compare to real human connection. The people I really care about seeing are the ones I make the effort to see and I can do that with or without Facebook. But, I do love that Facebook can help people who have lost touch to find one another. And, I also think it’s a good social networking platform. Other than that, I think it can be a bit of a waste of time.