The last trip of my “month of weekend travel” was to Las Vegas. As you know, we lived there for almost 7 years and made some wonderful friendships while we were there. Friends who I have really missed.
Whenever I am able to make it back to Vegas, I usually stay with my friend Trish. Trish and I hung out the most during the days because my other friends worked during the day. We went hiking, working out (mostly our vocal cords) or sneaking in a matinee before the kids were out of school. I told her she was ruining my life when she went back to an office job. But then I moved 1100 miles away and definitely ended our day time rendezvous.
I love the fact that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch. Email and texting make a friend just a click away. Facebook is full of pictures of friend’s and their families and even Instagram and Twitter can give you an opportunity to banter with a friend. But these avenues of communication have not resolved the ache from missing the chance to sit with a close girlfriend and connect face to face. There is just no substitute for that.
Deep friendships take time. We are talking years. Rarely are they made in months, although some may feel like it. Often times a component of a deep friendship is one that has stood the test of time. Even though we have now been settled into our house for just over two years now, I still feel like the new girl on the block when it comes to connections at church or the kids’ schools or sports teams.
Sometimes it is hard being the new girl, at any age. I don’t think women ever outgrow the need and desire for a best girlfriend. And those are very hard to find. So all that to say, I was really happy that the final leg of my August/September book signings ended in Vegas so I could stay with my girlfriend. I mentally and emotionally needed that connection.
It was a soothing balm to my soul to go somewhere a friend was excited to see me too. I know this because of the extra touch of love in “my room” when I arrived.
They left us a key under the mat because we were arriving around midnight or later. We tip toed back to our room and found a welcoming note and a vase of fresh flowers. It was that extra touch of putting flowers in our room that made my heart a little extra happy. I know Trish is busy with her family and job. But she took the time out of her schedule to add this special touch to our welcome.
I couldn’t hug my friend hard enough when I saw her the next morning. And I hated hugging her bye a few days later. And my other friends in Vegas, too. I know God is putting amazing women in my life here in Kansas and, in time, I will develop some deep and lasting friendships here as well.
But I am thankful for the time I had in Vegas. And thankful for extra touch of love in the vase welcoming me back.
Yes, good girlfriends are a treasure. An absolute gift from God.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)