|Ange, Katie (wearing necklace), Brandi in James Avery|
I've been a big fan of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants over the years. The story speaks to me.
Enduring friendship is something I understand. Throughout life I've been blessed with many unique women who are truly friends. I am fortunate to have so many amazing ladies in my life.
However, I have a certain trio of friends who, as a unit, have been close for almost a quarter of a century. Katie and I met when we were three. Ange entered our lives in middle school. (Katie and I are on the left. I'm in the polka dot disaster. Ange is in the center wearing the green.)
|Middle School Graduation|
We've celebrated and suffered the wins and losses of life. Even when none of us resided in the same state, we maintained our bond. Many young friendships end once that high school diploma is delivered. Not ours.
|10 Year Class Reunion|
Throughout the undergrad years, we visited each other at college. (They actually met my husband at a party. Pointing to him in his bright blue sweatshirt, they asked, "Why haven't you dated him?") We celebrate milestones. (When Katie had her firstborn, Ange and I drove thirteen hours to see that little miracle.) We offer suggestions. (They both think Baby Girl should be named after them, and Ange informed me it doesn't matter what I call her, she'll still call her "Junior.")
Technology is readily available, but we think what kept our bond strong in college and into adulthood is simple. The written word. We kept in touch the old fashioned way--letters. Who doesn't like to get a real card or letter in the mail--especially in college? I remember scanning their penmanship to see if what they were writing matched the emotions conveyed in their scrawls. Unlike email that needs to be deleted, those letters were kept and reread. It was nice to know that somewhere in the world, two girls had known me a long time, understood my major flaws, and still loved and supported me in spite of them.
So, last week when we met up in person for the first time in almost two years, we did a very girly thing to celebrate our friendship.
At James Avery we found a simple, free-form infinity pendant and three chains.
At Barnes and Noble we found the accompanying journal.
Instead of inked up pants that can't be washed or cuffed, we plan to mail the pendant and the stories that go with it on a rotating basis.
Stolen from the rules of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we inscribed instructions in the front of our first journal:
Write the most important thing that happened to you while wearing the necklace.
Write the most exciting place you visited while wearing the necklace.
Remember: Jewelry=Love. Love your pals. Love yourself.
Many journals and pendant exchanges from now, I imagine we'll gather and recall our lives together. It's probably a good thing it will be in writing, since we probably won't be able to hear too well by then!
Does anyone else have a special way to celebrate enduring friendships? Do you and your high school plans have a way of staying close? Have you gathered inspiration from a book and used it in real life?