Hi friends, Lorie here!
When I think about my oldest, most enduring friendships, three people spring to mind. These girls stuck by me during the awkward years of Middle School, the angst of high school and even after we went our separate ways in college. Looking at us on paper, you would never believe that we’d bonded in the first place.
I met Jen when our moms were co-teaching a Sunday school class at our church. It was one of those “mom orchestrated” friendships. You know how it goes: “Lorie, Jen is your age and goes to your school, you should be friends!” With a groan, I agreed to talk to this girl I’d never met. First impression—she was a 5’10’’ ball of curvy, blond energy, and she scared me. I didn’t think I’d ever met anyone with so much enthusiasm, but she was exactly what this shy, not-so-adventurous girl needed.
Lisa and I met later that year. If I was cautious and introverted, Lisa was the opposite. “You think that boy’s cute? Okay, let’s go.” And she would proceed to drag me, shaking in my pegged jeans and Eastlands, to talk to my current crush. Inevitably, he would focus on the blond, Madonna look-a-like at my side. But I didn’t mind, I couldn’t really blame them. Lisa was a force of nature.
Sheila and I became friends when I moved to our large suburban middle school from a catholic school in the inner city. You can imagine my culture shock. Sheila was smart and strong, and she was my anchor in a sea of madness. Like me, she was introspective and enjoyed books and movies. With the patience of a saint she’d listen to me drone on about the latest boy I was meant to spend eternity with. And I stuck by her too, even when she’d signed up to be a German exchange student and stopped shaving her legs a few months early. Did I mention that Sheila is one of the bravest people I know?
|High School Christmas Dance|
You might be wondering who I was in this mix…I was the dreamer. The girl with her head in the clouds and her nose stuck in a book. Now that I think about it, even throughout all life’s ups and downs; marriages, kids, career changes, and lost parents, not much has changed. On some level, we’re still those same girls we were in high school, but through all our challenges we’ve become better versions of ourselves.
You want to know how I know this?
Because two weeks ago, I stood in front of over a hundred family and friends for the launch of my debut novel, and saw three precious and familiar faces in the audience. Jen, blond and gorgeous, her boundless energy now tempered by refinement. Lisa, her battle scars making her more wise, but no less vibrant. And Sheila, all the way from San Francisco, her beautiful smile and steady presence still my anchor.
To say it meant a lot to me to see these three amazing women there at one of the proudest moments of my life, is an epic understatement. Their friendships, individually and collectively, have shaped me into the person I am today—unashamed to share my enthusiasm, more bold and a lot more courageous!
|Lorie, Sheila, Jen and Lisa at the DOON launch party|
Now it’s your turn Honest readers. Do you have friendships that have stood the test of time? Tell me about it.
Lorie Langdon is the author of DOON, inspired by Lerner & Loewe'sBrigadoon, co-written w/Carey Corp. Now available in hardcover and ebook from BLINK (a new young adult imprint of Zondervan/HarperCollins).
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