I’ve been friends with Andrea for over a decade. If you listen to the podcast, you’ve heard her. (She’s on a number of them including my all time favorite episode, number nine.)
Andrea and I have this wonderful thing we do for one another. We are sort of philosophical sounding boards for each other.
She lives far away, in Michigan, and we don’t see one another very often. But here’s how this process goes down. We won’t talk for months, sometimes even years, and then out of the blue, reach for one another again. Sometimes I initiate that, sometimes she does.
Then, when we talk, all the time and distance just fall away. And, weirdly, we each find that whatever it is that’s front and center in our life or mind, whatever thing it is that we are working on, the other person has something wise to say about it, or has just been going through it themselves.
Which is also why we are tremendously good at calling each other on our own negative habits. We will say to each other, “so, how’s that working for you?” This is always followed by the person asked laughing (a little bitterly) and feeling grateful.
Yesterday was one of those times. Even though I was here in Virginia, and she was in Michigan, we had breakfast together.
We laughed together, ate eggs together, and caught up. I’m so grateful for my friendship with Andrea. I love her very much.