by: Jennicillin

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Writers Challenge

I'm participating in a writers challenge sponsored by Lori at Family Trees May Contain Nuts.  The Challenge this week is; What is the nicest thing somebody has ever done for you?  Be sure to stop by and see what others have shared, there are some really touching stories to be read.

The nicest things somebody has ever done for me happened when I was 15.  Homeschooled and unpopular, I was at a dance, sitting in a corner, crying because my boyfriend had dumped me.  A girl that I hated because she was the girlfriend of one of my on-again off-again crushes came over and asked if I wanted to come dance with her friends because I was alone.  When she saw I was crying she asked if I was ok.  I looked up and said: "You're Laura aren't you?"  She looked surprised, and pleased that this stranger knew who she was.  Then with out missing a beat I said "I used to hate you."

This is the part where most 15 year old girls would have walked away annoyed, and in no mood to make friends with me, but Laura didn't.  Instead she asked why and started up a conversation with me, and by the end of the night had invited me over to her house to come hang out with her friends.

That simple act of kindness ended up being the start of what is now a 12 year friendship, during which we've seen each other through marriages, divorces, bed rest, pregnancy, miscarriages.  We've gone on trips to Disneyland, I planned her wedding, and now she's going to be my maid of honor and her 4 year old daughter my flower girl.  Neither of us could have known at that dance that we would end up being friends, as close as sisters, for the rest of our lives.

This is a picture of us that was taken when we first met:

This is a picture of us on a trip to Disneyland last December:

Just goes to show you never know where a simple act of kindness can take you...


Lori E said...

It always amazes me when a small act of kindness changes our lives and our paths. But for that one interaction between you two your friendship would likely not have happened. This is a great story. Thanks.
I always tell my kids that every choice they make in life whether big or small changes the path they go down.
I linked your post up on Mr. Linky. He is still there as far as I can see and clicking on your name brings up your page. Thanks again for joining in.

Sandy said...

Wow!!!! This was a great story! I have two best friends from high school, about 100 years ago now I think....they are so precious to me! It sounds like you both were blessed that night!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this cstory!! It sure didn't go in the direction I thought it would when you told Laura what you thought, but obviously there was a reason, a plan, for her to stay and listen. How nice that you two are still continuing your journey together!!

Happy engagement, Jen!!


hummer said...

This is a great story. I bet you cherish this friendship. I love your blog too. How creative.
Thanks for sharing your story.

mbkatc230 said...

I really love this story. Your Laura sounds like one special lady! And what a generous spirit she must have. I imagine that you both laugh now at how you met. And it's so wonderful that you are still the best of friends. Thanks for sharing this. Kathy

Joyce said...

Cherish your friendship. I have a friend that I met in a similar way and we are bonded at the hip after 30 plus years.