Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sentimental Sunday

This week's Sentimental Sunday is a tribute to good friends. We have been friends with the Ns and the Rs since 1997 when our oldest children were all in Kindergarten together in AZ. Over the next four years M, B and I formed a wonderful friendship as did our children and our husbands. It was wonderful, especially since we were all living away from our families. We spent four years making wonderful memories together.

Then in 2001, quite by coincidence, both B and I moved back to RI. I say "back to RI", because I am from RI and B, who is from CT, had previously lived in RI for several years (though by the time she was in RI, I was already in hell AZ). Needless to say, this was not good news for M. It didn't help that B and I both moved on the exact say day! Again, completely by coincidence. A few months after we moved, M came to RI to visit. She fell in love with the place. The following summer the whole family visited and the year after that the Ns moved to RI as well!!! Isn't that just amazing? B, M and I have now been friends for 12 years. Our oldest children, who brought us all together in Kindergarten, are about to become seniors! Unbelievable. And for all these years, M, B and I have been there for each other. We've shared triumphs, sadness, joy and heartache. And lots of laughs.

One year M presented B and I each with a framed photograph of 6 Adirondack chairs placed in the sand facing the ocean. She said that those chairs represented the six of us (M, B, me and our husbands) and how someday when we all retire we will occupy those chairs. Well, we didn't have to wait that long. In 2005, our three families vacationed at a lake in New Hampshire. There just happened to be a bunch of Adirondack chairs there. We arranged them in the sand, we each took a seat and one of the kids snapped our picture from the back. (I'm the second one from the left). I love this picture. And I love all the people in it.

12 comments:

Sandy said...

Nice photo, Pam, and really nice story which, of course, I know since I happen to know all the nice people in the picture. :-) RI to AZ...small world.

Trudy said...

What a great story...I'm so glad you were able to take such a wonderful vacation with good friends...and long before it was expected.

That's a great picture too!

Visiting from SITS today! Have a wonderful Sunday.

shelley said...

that is such a sweet post! it is great to have true "friends" cherish them! i'm stopping over from roll call this am, sorry about the rain up there; the sun is actually out here but i'm getting worried that someone did the "rain dance" i'm so over this rain! :( stop by anytime!
smiles,
shelley
http://iamstillstandingafterallthistime.blogspot.com/
http://theplaygroundprincess.blogspot.com/

Tammy Howard said...

I love that picture, too!

What an amazing story! There might be a short story (or more...) for the telling, there, Pam... I get the feeling there's a lot more to this than a blog post. Families, love, friendships, coincidences, twists of fate...

Not sayin', just sayin'...

I'd read it.

Anita said...

I love the story behind this picture Pam, what wonderful friends and the journey you have taken together.
I might join in your Sentimental Sunday meme today, as I just feel like a short photo and story might be nice today.

Gamma Sharon said...

What a beautiful lake and a beautiful story come true! It is truly a wonderful sentiment for your Sentimental Sunday!
And I love the picture!

AB HOME INTERIORS said...

Sounds awesome, I feel like Im missing some letters from the alphabet.R, M, B; Id like to buy a vowel! Haha! Great post, popping in from SITS to leave ya' some bloggy lovin!

Pam said...

Sharon - Thanks! It really was quite unbelievable when M was able to move to RI as well. Something to be thankful for.

The Muse said...

You should enlarge the pic to a panoramic shot...have them framed and give them to yoour friends and family for Christmas!
What a super neat post !

Helen McGinn said...

How lovely...and a beautiful picture.
~Thank you for dropping by my blog...it is wonderful to meet you~
Helen xx

C said...

Friends are the family you choose for yourself...and isn't it lovely when you're reminded of it in the truest way?

Great picture Pam!

Pam said...

C- Thanks. It's so true what you say about friends and family. Especially so when I was living so far away from my biological family.

 

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