I was supposed to meet a friend yesterday. But, as is so often the case lately, the snow forced the cancellation of our plans (she lives in Peru, where the snow was coming down a tad bit more aggressively than in my neighborhood--Did you even know there was a Peru in Massachusetts?).
Her name is Gladys, and we met at a flagpole almost four summers ago, when we were both volunteering at a Girls Camp. We only exchanged a few sentences, but her impression on me was lasting. I have bumped in to her a few more times since then, and told myself that I really should get to know Gladys. Time went by, and we sat in a room together for a stake Relief Society meeting last October. I emailed her later in the day telling her I wished I could have been sitting in a rowboat fishing with her, instead of at that meeting, because it seemed like a waste, not being able to get to know her better. I sent her a hand-written note telling her about the qualities I admired in her.
She emailed me back and we made plans to act on that fishing trip in 2011. Gladys suggested maybe a trip to the temple instead. The fishing's not so great in these parts in January.
I ended up inviting her to be the keynote speaker at our Relief Society Visiting Teaching workshop in December. (surprise!) A snowstorm kept her away. She did email me her talk, which I read, and it was excellent.
Gladys and I decided that if we couldn't spend the day at the temple yesterday, we might at least have a phone chat, which ended up being about 90 minutes of fun, and a very gratifying way to start the day.
One of Gladys' favorite memories as a child is being able to drive them team for her uncle when they were haying the fields on their farm. I have had reaffirmed to me several times this week, the tremendous value of friendship. Here is a post I found this morning by a friend of mine, and the following is an email I received yesterday from another friend. I am lucky! to have so many friends. And according to the article by Judy B. Dales, I'm healthier for it!