Saturday, February 23, 2008

Out with friends

My last roommate before marrying hubby, Renee, turned forty this month. I couldn't let the day go by without celebrating, so we went to Carrabbas last night with two other friends.

I met Renee right after she graduated from Clemson. We didn't click right away, but as she worked with the youth, we became friends and decided to share an apartment. My sister and another former youth also lived with us.

We became fast friends. Renee would invite my future hubby over all the time for dinner or ice cream - even though we were trying not to spend so much time together. Our opposing views of our relationship were getting old. ;)

Renee is one of those forever friends. Do you have one of those? After she got married and had kids, our lives drifted apart some. She focused on being a mom, I focused on, well, me.

Ha! Just kidding. I focused on what the Lord called me to do.

But no matter how many days and months went by, even years, we could pick up the phone at any time and talk - open, honest, in love.

We had such a great time at dinner, as we gathered in the parking lot for the final goodbyes, Renee said, "Hey, let's do this on the fourth Friday of all the even months."

Yes! Let's. Even if one can't make it, the others will get together. I'm so excited! A regular girls night. Woo hoo.

I'm not much of a girlfriend addict. But lately, I've felt trapped in a friendless hole and have been praying to get out. As I've become more acquainted with the writing world, most of my friends are writers who live all over the country. I love them dearly, but a Friday night out would be costly!

Yet, I have to confess. Only writers get writers. I'm not sure what it is, but the moment I start talking about writing with non-writing friends, it's like they hear me and or interested, but their gaze is one of "oh, isn't that nice?"

I'd get more excitement out of telling them I bought new shoes. ;)

In other news, working on Love Starts With Elle edits. I love this story, but it needed some tweaking. So it's fun to do the fixing up.

Grace, grace to you all.


Sharon Hayes said...

So glad you and Renee ( and other friends too?) got together. Tell her I send my love if you remember the next time you talk.

Rebekah said...

Happy birthday Renee!

KathyS said...

I have to disagree with your statement "Only writers get writers". Readers (real, live, dedicated readers) will "get" a writer. I would LOVE to sit and talk with a writer.....have ideas bounced off me and make suggestions (even if they aren't used or even considered...LOL). I always wanted to be a writer because I always loved to read. I can't string the words together in a way that will keep anybody interested for long, but I sure love to get involved with a good book. It's a favorite pastime of mine and I hope to keep it up from now on! I'm really looking forward to your next book.

Rachel Hauck said...

Okay, Kathy, you got me. You're right, there are some readers who can understand or want to understand.

More where writers relate to writers in our insecurities and struggles.

But we all have those in life, don't we!

Blessings, Kathy!