Giggles. Squeals. Whispers. Silliness. Laughter.
The sounds I hear as Morgan talks to her oldest friend from Minnesota. A friend who she had spent time with every day since birth. We were neighbors, went to the same church, and the girls went to the same daycare when I was working. Even though the girls' personalities and interests were varied, they balanced and complimented each other.
I envisioned the girls being friends through their teenage years and into adulthood. The type of friendship I have always envied of others. A friend who knows you almost better than you know yourself. Someone who has been with you from childhood on supporting you, encouraging you, sharing in the joys and the heartaches. I could see this friendship growing and maintaing the test of time. Until we moved 1500 miles away. How would these little girls (age 5 at the time) maintain a friendship from so far away?
I know that at the time of our move, neither of these little girls had an understanding of how their lives and friendship would change. I have been amazed at how their connection has stayed strong over these last three years. They may see each other once a year but it is just like old times. There isn't uncomfortable silence or shyness, they just pick up their friendship from where it left off. They do write letters, email, and talk on the phone. I can tell from their phone conversations that they still want to know all the important things (to 8 year old girls) about each other. Things like their favorite colors, sports, foods, music, books, movies, and the names of their new friends. Morgan keeps a list of all the answers her friend gives during their phone conversation. I think it helps to feel close to her friend who lives so far away.
I know the girls are only 8 years old (soon to be 9), and their is still many years of life ahead of them. Their friendship may go down a different path as they get older. I pray that their friendship continues to grow and strengthen across the years and the miles. I want Morgan to have that friend in her life who loves her for who she is and is there to support, encourage, and hold her up. I want her to have that friend who she has known since childhood. To have the friendship that can stand the test of time.