Thursday, March 23, 2017
Three Hour Lunches
Three hours is the average amount of time that it takes for my friend, Nadine, and I to have lunch or coffee or wherever we get together. We have spent longer, and occasionally our lunches are shorter. It doesn't take that long for us to eat, but it does take that long to discuss all the important issues in our lives and analyze and solve the problems of the world.
I met Nadine in my first year of teaching, which was 1987. We were teaching at Edmunds Academy of Fine Arts. She was teaching first grade, and I was teaching fourth grade basic skills. We didn't get to know each other very well that first year. I was in two schools that year, and we were in different grade levels, The next year, however, I moved to first grade. Edmunds was an open spaces building in those days, so we team taught. We have been best friends ever since.
She has been there for me through all these thirty years and I feel truly blessed to know her and to have her in my life. We have cried together, and we have laughed together. We mostly laugh together. I can share anything with her, and I am so grateful to have her as my friend.
I have been subbing this week, but mostly working half days, so we were able to meet for coffee this afternoon. It was short, only 2 1/2 hours. It made for a wonderful afternoon.