Sunday, September 18, 2011

AWOL

I've been AWOL for the past week and, boy, did it feel great.  A week ago Friday, I took off for a trip to Pennsylvania to see my friend, Pamela.  I stayed with her and her husband, Jim, in their beautiful home in the Poconos.  They are now empty nesters, and my time there was so peaceful and I came home renewed!

Pamela and I have been friends since junior high school, and Jim grew up in my hometown.  Needless to say, we have a long history together.  Pam and I had a ball, shopping at the flea market, at outlet stores, going into New York City, and visiting my Aunt Riz one day.

When we were "young moms",  Pam and I spent a lot of time together through our involvement in MOPS, hanging out together with our kids, and regular afternoon tea while cheering one another on during the tough times and celebrating the milestones. When our oldest kids were three, and her daughter was just eight months old, she and Jim moved from the Denver area to Tokyo for a few years.  We missed one another terribly and wrote letters to each other at least once a week.  Back then, phone calls were extremely expensive, so they were reserved for rare occasions.

Through the years, I saved her letters and she saved mine.  So, last week, I took her letters with me and one day we spent the whole day, reading through them.  What a treasure!  A priceless account of our lives as young moms, raising toddlers and trying to figure it all out.  We read through them for hours, taking breaks for  meals, but ended up each taking the remainder of our letters to bed, still reading. 

When they returned to the states, Jim and Pam settled on the east coast.  I wish I could say we kept up our correspondence, but by then email and inexpensive long distance plans had taken over, so we have only a few letters from that time.

We've both promised to take up writing again, even if it is less frequently than before.  We still have a lot to say, as we navigate this part of lives.

11 comments:

Mari said...

I'm catching up after vacation too. Your break sounds wonderful! What a joy to read through those letters. They are a treasure and I'm glad you both saved them.

Country Dreaming said...

How great for you to get together with a good fun. Sounds like the two of you had a wonderful visit.

Melinda

Becky said...

I have a friend EXACTLY like that. Letters kept us going from 1982 through .. well, when ever email took over. We have seen one another more over the last year (since we moved back to IL) than we had in the 20 years we were in Florida. Forever friends are the truest form I believe. And I am also a big believer in that blogging is like pen pals on steroids :) Not my quote but one I agree with.

Susanne said...

Its such a blessing to have had a friend that has been with you for so long. A so precious that you have that written account.

Claudia said...

I have a best friend that I've known since 7th grade. Oh how precious a friendship like that is. Glad you had a good time - Rizzi mentioned visiting you on her blog.

xo
Claudia

Judy said...

Oh what a treasure, a friend like that!

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
IT WAS SO GREAT TO SEE YOU, WISH OUR VISIT WAS LONGER. PAM IS A SWEETHEART, IT WAS GOOD TO SEE HER.
NOW BACK TO THE REAL LIFE.........
TAKE CARE KAREN.....LOVE YA........
AUNT RIZ

Mereknits said...

What a lovely trip and a lovely friendship. And a vist to Rizzi, perfect. Glad you are back home safe and sound.
Meredith

Joanne said...

What a beautiful way to document your journeys as mothers, and as friends! Now Karen, I could so see this in a book or story you might write ...

Bee Jay said...

what a wonderfully refreshing time you both had. Recharging the batteries! Blessings!

Leslie said...

what a great trip!!! I've been AWOL and haven't gone anywhere. lol
Have a great weekend.