Starlight sparkled in their eyes when they smiled.
Inside, the steady beat of the sewing machine kept time with the soft music playing in the background. The hiss of the iron as it came down again and again upon the small seams, pressing down, preparing them for even small stitches.
Mind-numbing is often confused with soul-opening.
Outside, they stood at the top of the hill, gazing down upon their respective kingdoms, arms linked. Warrior women. Starlight sparkled from their eyes as the bundles of stardust shone brightly inside their bellies. Their hair blew back in the night wind and the planes of their faces reflected the light of the moon.
Serenity, strength and solace found through friendship.
There is nothing in this world like a good friend. The power of friendship to heal, to humble and to give us strength is something that surprises me over and over again as I grow older. I am not a social butterfly and although I connect with other people easily, it is rare that I find a friend that I can be truly intimate with; someone who I feel comfortable enough around to open up and to be vulnerable. It took me a long time to grow into myself enough to be able to let go of judgement and self-doubt and embrace the bond that is formed when you are willing to take the time to cultivate a true friendship. It isn’t always easy. It is scary to share those moments in life that are raw and ugly with someone who has not committed their life to yours. It is hard to express your self-doubts and share your fears as well as admit your dreams and share your strengths.
As a mother and wife, I am thankful every day that I have a true friend who also fills these rolls in her daily life. I am thankful that we share so many of the same qualities and interests and more thankful for the differences that make us unique and from which we each continually learn and find inspiration from. It’s been ten years since we first spoke to each other while standing in the hallway, waiting for the class before ours to let out. We were both in college then, still learning about life and love, both at the very beginning of our journey’s. We would be tested again and again, taken to opposite sides of the country, turn our backs on one another and finally take those first tentative steps toward the reinvention and renewal of a friendship that has flowered over the past few years and continues to grow stronger with each passing day.
Sitting back and watching our children play together, there is a stillness, a calm between us that has settled like a soft blanket. We each watch over our respective kingdoms, sharing laughs and recipes and giving strength to the other when it is failing. We walk the mall and sit in coffee shops and share wet wipes and diapers and tea and tips to make our lives just a little bit easier. We work to build each other up and celebrate each other’s success and make plans that may never come to pass but are fun to think about anyway.
B~ I am so grateful that we are entering this next stage of our life together.
Inside each of them, the stardust churned and grew. Tiny atoms from exploded starts were reborn into two tiny bundles; new universes that would bring about the next generation of stars.