It is Saturday morning. All my Tall friends boarded the bus headed to LaGuardia Airport to catch their planes back home. I am staying the week-end to visit friends in New York. I find God’s provision of good friends who travel life with you to be one of God’s greatest gifts.
Let me go back to my free evening on Thursday night. I was able to go by my old office and see Lenny Feinberg and Steven Handwerger – hugs and kisses in a bustling showroom. Their day was not over. They were still in meetings with buyers – still showing their dress line. I then ran – and I do mean ran – to see my dear friend Roseanne Cumella. She and I were to meet our treasured friends Bobby and Lois Glick for dinner. True friends are always amazing – it has been 8 years since we had all been together in New York – and yet we picked up with our conversation and laughter like we had never been apart. The laughter was nonstop – deafening!! We took over the restaurant with Roseanne telling one hilarious story after another. Of course, in true New York style – the food kept coming – we kept talking – and laughing!!! An evening I will always remember!!
Now back to Saturday morning. My dear friend Camille Passaro picked me up at the hotel for a drive to her home in the Hamptons. Camille introduced me to her friend Claire that immediately became my friend. Hugs – kisses – and more laughter!! Yes – there is a pattern here!! We talked about love – life – kids – work (fashion and ranching). The three of us were kindred spirits by the time we arrived at the beach. We had lunch – we walked to Angela’s shop and I met Angela. She was beautiful and so was her store – filled with sheer delight. We walked to the beach and there was wonderful Claire – and another new friend for me – Rhonda (a lady with heart). As far my friend Camille – more food – laughter – rest on the beach – the sharing of our hearts. As I recall – we never stopped talking. Camille is fabulous – beautiful – brilliant – all heart and soul rolled into one. Sunday evening came too quickly – the drive back into Manhattan to Camille’s apartment with a breath taking view of the city.
Friends – the sharing of your heart – good times – the making of memories – endless conversation – nonstop laughter. Friends – those who know me well with all my flaws and still love me – those I just met that I rejoiced in meeting for they were a gift from God to me. Old and new – good times and not so good – serious talk and laughter – tears of joy and tears of profound happiness. I thank God for all the friends in my life – all the moments we share. I thank God that HE has always given me a friend to pull up alongside me during my moments of trial or doubt. I thank God for all the laughter and love I have shared with my friends. My friends……..My family!! I thank you all for being such a blessing in my life. You all have a place in my heart and I love you dearly!!