I have written about my high school friends in several posts. Although we live in places throughout the country, we have been friends for almost 40 years. We get together every couple of years, and since I began blogging, I have documented our times together.
I wrote about our Homecoming celebrations; how we recreated our junior prom picture - 34 years later; turning 50 together and the power of our friendship; and our social media of the 1980's - writing notes.
We began calling ourselves the EJDs, or eight jelly donuts, in high school, and we affectionately refer to that name still today.
A few years ago, one of us had a bracelet made with each of our birthstones. It is a gift each of us treasures. The bracelet not only symbolizes our friendship, but also our collective strength.
This past year, one of us began to experience some health issues. One of our links was weakened. Yesterday, one of us was home to visit and those of us who live close by got together for lunch.
For almost three hours...
We find joy in the forgotten.
Tears begin to slip as we say goodbye.
We hug tight.
We send our strength to the one of us who needs it.
And we know in our hearts,
our story continues.