Connecting and reconnecting
Over the last two months, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with old friends and making new ones along the way.
You really don’t know how much it does a body good until you actually take the time and effort to connect with friends who know you well.
Back in February, I hung out in Austin with an old roomie who now lives in Canada, another close friend who now lives in Philadelphia area (and juggles – more on that in a bit) and another who is in S.A. Plus there were about 15 others that congregated from other states and cities in Texas.
I met new people at an art exhibit and laughed and ate way too much with everyone. I even carved out a few hours to hang out with a former teacher.
And, by chance, I also saw a friend who was raised in Jourdanton but lives in the Austin area at a concert featuring Puddles Pity Party.
And then, great friends came to stay with me when a dear family friend passed away. Judy and Jerry are my people. I don’t have to clean when they come visit. Yes – they are those type of friends!
This last weekend, I was able to see my extended newspaper family. When you are a member of a press association, you look forward to seeing those acquaintances who become your friends and then almost like family.
We encourage, we commiserate, we applaud and we laugh – boy do we laugh. And sometimes we juggle. Or at least try to.
My friend, Sandy, from Philadelphia can juggle – quite well. She tried to teach me. Another press friend, Chris, from Kingsville said he could teach anyone to juggle in 15 minutes. He tried. He really did. I think he may have succeeded with one younger member of our fold, but not me and the two ladies who are in my age group. But he had great pointers and we had a great time laughing at each other.
And if that wasn’t enough, I hung out with my Mama Group after our convention. Mind you, I’m the oldest in the group by almost 10 years and close to 20 years on some, but we all have a great time when we get together. Again – great food, hilarious and honest conversations were in abundance.
The way I see it, everyone needs a “tribe” as one of my friends calls us. No one is judged, but we are all fair game when it comes to teasing. But don’t let anyone else pick on one of us!
I wouldn’t trade any of these friends – old, young, new – for the world. I hope you have time to reconnect with your friends!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.