Making friends in Tennessee has proven to be a far more difficult task than I could have imagined. I have at times begun to see a budding friendship just to see it fall by the way side. I am not sure if it is the colliding factors of busy schedules, differing life stages, or just a lack of interest in developing a forever kind of friendship. But that’s the kind of friendship I look for, because I am that kind of friend- the forever kind of friend.
I’m loyal- until death do us part- when it comes to my friends. And I am so thankful for the handful of friends that I do have that are just as loyal to me. The thousands of miles and the time that separate us never factor into our friendship. We make the time. We make a way to connect. These ladies in my life I trust with my kid, to not be offended by my unbridled tongue, to not judge me and to help me along emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. They are such a source of encouragement and strength, even during the quiet times.
One of the neatest things for me now is to see how some of these friendships are extending to a younger generation who are now becoming women. The oldest daughter of my best friend (for almost 30 years!) has graduated from college and is beginning her career as a teacher. I had the opportunity to fly out to California and photograph this milestone in her life. The friendship she and I had was that of adult and child. Now- woman to woman.
It’s been disappointing at times struggling to make that connection with other women, but I can’t complain. I have a handful of wonderful ladies of all ages who are those kinds of friends- the forever kind… and for that I’m rich.