Today was the last day of school for Noah and Lily. Noah will be going into 8th grade, his last year of middle school, and Lily will be going into 5th grade, her last year of elementary school. So next year I will be a sentimental wreck. But this year I enjoyed taking the kids to school, helping at Noah’s field day, and going bowling with the kids, their friends, and my friends.
Friends are so important at any age. At the age of 40, I have learned to be friends to those who treat you well and who are there for you through it all. Teaching this to my kids is not always easy, but I feel that Noah and Lily are learning and they have found some wonderful friends at their school.
While I waited for field day to start, I took a walk along the bike path and talked to my Mom on the phone (as I always do on Friday mornings). I ran into my dear friend Dawn running down the bike path and joined her for a run. This was a great start to my Friday which continued with the sincere friendship of Stephanie, Liza, and Tammy as we took the kids bowling. Then I went to a girl’s night out at Courtney’s house with my friends Ally and Mary. Who knew that two dietitians and two chaplains could be so much fun? So going to bed last night I thought of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive, loving friends. They have helped me through the death of a close friend, father-in-law, and an old dog over the past year. Turns out lots of loss in one year is tough and sometimes you need the help of others.
So horray for great friends and school being out and summertime!