On Being Close

Happy Friday! I’m joining Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday bunch and writing on the topic of close. Will you join me and read, write, or both for five (ish) minutes? Here’s how it works:

    1. Write for 5 minutes – no editing, no over-thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Invite others to join in.
    3. And then: go visit the person who linked up before you and drop them a note!

While moving as much as I have hasn’t been easy, one of the perks is that I now have friends in most of the lower 48. I’m exaggerating, but not by a ton.

And you know what’s awesome? Most of these friends are the sort that I could just pick right back up with tomorrow.

The kind where you may not be current on what exactly their husband does for a living or how many pets they have or if they’re still teaching preschool–but you can jump right into their current struggles, joys, and dreams. You know, heart stuff.

I’m so grateful for these friendships.

Some favorite friends in Dallas...now living in CO, MI, IL, and East Africa
Some favorite friends in Dallas…now living in CO, MI, IL, TX, and East Africa

Now, moving alone hasn’t given me close friends.  When Hubs and I lived in each place, we had to do the (sometimes uncomfortable) work of putting ourselves out there, initiating with people, and investing in relationships. I had to be honest, invite others to be honest, ask forgiveness, and freely give it.

Sometimes friendships got hard, awkward, or just a little messy.

But investing in authentic relationships is something I can’t remember ever regretting.

And as I look forward at our summer plans, it brings a smile to think that I’ll be seeing friends in Chicago who we’ve known for ten years but haven’t lived near for about nine.

And we’ll stay with dear friends in Michigan who we knew in Dallas before any of us had kids.  And on the tail end of our Canada Extravaganza (more on that later), we’ll be meeting friends in Maine who live in New Hampshire, but who we got to know in Texas.

When we get home, we’ll be hosting more friends from Texas, but also ones from Canada who I met via the wonderful world of blogging.

I’m not physically close to any of these people. But thankfully, so thankfully, we’ve got relationships that can be picked right back up despite distance and time.

Here’s to summer travels and long-distance friends. 🙂


About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Joining you in giving thanks for such rich relationships in spite of distance and time. What a gift those friendships are! Blessings to you…xo