I have a friend from Lima. A mutual acquaintance introduced us because I was looking for a tutor to work with me on my spoken Spanish when I was applying for a special appointment in South America with the State Department. She is personable, well-educated, fun, and we clearly had a lot of common interests, and I knew after our first meeting that I wanted to be her friend. So, I invited her to my first birthday party as a single gal, some six months after I left my ex-husband. This was probably not the smartest move if I wanted her to be interested in me as an intelligent, considerate, and valuable friend because I was a bit of a wild child in my newfound freedom and I may have been obscenely drunk by 5:30PM at a party that went until 2 or 3AM. I won’t go into all the sensational details, but let’s just say that four years later, my friends are still talking about how epic that party was.
Luckily for me, this dear friend was also nearing the end of a long term relationship and could understand the state of mind I was in. Also, she wisely left before 8PM. And so we became friends. Over the past four years, we have seen each other through a lot of celebrations, aggravations, positive life changes, terrible dates, confusions, personal achievements, failures, professional accomplishments, and foolishness (drunken and otherwise). I hope to know her forever. When great people come into your life, you have to be sure not to let them go.
What else are people writing in the A to Z Blog Challenge? Check out today’s featured blog, sponsored by the letter L: Literati Girl. She writes great reviews of some books you probably haven’t thought about in a while but should definitely read. My favorite is this insightful review of Gulliver’s Travels.