Chelley and I have known each other since birth. As children we told people we knew each other in the womb…and that we had telephones in our mom’s stomachs and….well you get the point…we had quite a story going!
Chelley and I played with cowboys instead of Barbies. We played for hours in the creek instead of playing house. We rode bikes, played sports and frequently checked the Most Wanted posters in the Post Office then sat on a stoop in our little downtown and watched for the criminals on the wall (yes we did!)
Our split in activities came in 8th grade when Chelley decided volleyball was painful and chose cross country (no I never understood that choice!). She always seemed a natural at running and I couldn’t stand it. During track season she ran the mile and I threw shot put.
When I finally started running (in my 40’s) I dreamed of running with Chelley. But we lived states apart so it didn’t seem like it would happen. Then our 50th birthday came around and we agreed to meet in Louisville KY and run the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon (1/2 marathon). It was a great day and the best way I could ever imagine to celebrate our 50th birthday.
We have another friend that we met in middle school. The three of us have remained close throughout our adult lives. All 3 of our birthdays are within a month and a half. So when we lived closer to each other we made a point to meet up and celebrate…even if we had not seen each other for the year…we always picked up right where we left off.
Even though we’ve had the opportunity to visit each other over the years, we have not been able to celebrate our birthdays since I moved to Texas 16 years ago. So it was even more special that Lyn joined us after the half marathon for dinner.
I know that no matter the distance between us….Lyn, Chelley and I will always share a bond that is impossible to break. And who knows, maybe for our 60th birthdays we’ll climb a mountain!
The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!
Mmmmmm – I see cake! 🙂
I never saw two happier people running – great story and share! Still chuckling over the Most Wanted posters and watching out for criminals. Way more fun than Barbies!!
Yeah! We were quite serious about our “stake-outs” too!!
We had a great time on that run. We would run (AKA jog) past younger people and say…”That’s right, this is what 50 looks like!!”
Great to have friends like that!
Yes it is!!
Its so wonderful to have such a great friend for so long! I never liked dolls either and generally after a day of play, had to leave my clothes in the garage, for they were too dirty to bring in the house. Too many treehouses and other forest things caused the mess! 😉
Happy birthday, surely late, however maybe really early for next year? 🎂
A kindred spirit we are!!
Actually this is our birthday month….but this is number 52! 🙂
Hello, fancy spotting you here!! Hope you are having a great day!
Hey there! Great minds think alike! 😃😁😀 Enjoy your day also!
The amazing smiles say it all! ❤
I would wish that everyone had at least one enduring friendship like that!
I agree Joanne! It is one of the most precious gifts a person can receive in this life!
Such a beautiful, heart-warming story. A 50 year friendship is really something amazing these days and it’s reassuring to meet people who believe in relationships, loyalty and standing by each other through whatever life throws in your path. It says a lot about the two of you as people and your mums too, no doubt.
Thank you for your kind words. We are truly fortunate to have such a long lasting friendship.
Beautiful, 50 years!! Thank you for sharing the heart-warming story, Tree!
You are so welcome! And thank you for commenting!!
Awesome story! ❤️. Now let’s see if we can get you, me, Kris, Julie, Cab……… Together for a volleyball tournament when we’re 60!
That would be so awesome Ski!!
Also….thank you for commenting! 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story. Its indeed a blessing for friendship to have withstood so many years… God bless!
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I’m glad you liked my story of friendship…I am truly blessed!