Have you ever met someone, and instantly said to yourself, "I want to hang around them, and be their friend"
My long time friend Cheryl tops this list. We met early on in College. She was a Basketball Player (#22) I was a Soccer Player (#11). The early 80's culture screamed that we should not be friends...All the more reason we should be. One of the most magnetic traits of Cheryl is her "This is me, You get what you get, like it or leave it" attitude ...It was like a magnet for me.
Her number 22, mine 11...Every time either one of us sees the time 11:22, we think of each other. A mini blessing...
We became fast friends...she tried to teach me basketball. Oh well...I was better with my feet...Instead, I decided to become the basketball manager/timekeeper giving me the ability to hang around. I enjoyed the players, admired their skill and dedication. It mirrored my own with soccer. I eventually got promoted to their "aerobic instructor" a role I was destined to play for a long time....
I just wanted to be surrounded by Cheryl's "aura". Have you ever known anyone like that?
We have many memories, as roommates in College Housing with 2 others.
A little over a year ago, she phoned me with bad news. One of our roommates was not doing well, and was in Hospice. Sue, was Cheryl's best friend. They were like "2 peas in a pod" Their kids grew up together. They shared many memories and time together well into adulthood.
When she passed, the loss was huge for Cheryl...All I could do was pray, hug, and be present... It never seems enough...As you read this Cheryl, know how much I care for you...How much I wish I could have done something...How much you mean to me.
Because of this experience, Cheryl has made a consistent effort to connect. She is a constant in my world...a Facebook hello, a short text, glance at the clock at 11:22.
Our friendship will always be there... and Sue, Cheryl, Lesa and I will all be together again...laughing, making funny faces, trying to dance, acting silly, eating rice cakes and peanut butter...some day. In the mean time, Cheryl and I stay connected in our hearts, and twice a day at 11:22...