Monday, July 11, 2011

For Lindsey

As I mentioned the other day, we had a graduation party to attend.

This wasn't your ordinary graduation party.  Becky and I met Lindsey and her Mom, Teresa, when the girls were two months old.  They'll soon be 18.  We might not get to see each other often, even though we are only 20 miles apart, but when we do, it's like we've never been apart.

The girls birthdays are a week apart and for many years they celebrated them together.  We had their portraits done together.  We even had some matching outfits for them!  A few years ago, we took a trip to South Dakota together and last year they got us camping.

There are few people I know I can depend on and Teresa and Lindsey are two of them.  So it was with great pride to attend Lindsey's graduation party.

Lindsey is a beautiful girl.  Literally.  Inside and out (I would post her picture but I did not have a chance to get her permission first).  She is sunshine and light...not a common description that can be applied to many teenagers.   She handles all of my sarcastic humor with grace and isn't afraid to dish it right back to me. I admire that about her as she never crosses a line into being disrespectful.

It seems like only yesterday that "the girls" were learning to crawl together, or walk, or run.  When they were 2.5 years old, we had to move to Texas for about a year.  I will never forgot the scene as we were driving through their neighborhood upon our return and Becky caught sight of Lindsey being pushed in her stroller by her Mom.  Becky spotted her and made a very deep, emotional sound of joy unlike I'd ever heard before or since.  Once we stopped and got together, I didn't think Becky would ever let Lindsey go.  It's how she carries Lindsey in her heart to this day, although she doesn't let it be known as easily.

I held Becky back a year (thank goodness...I'm not ready and I doubt I will be next year either).  She'll graduate next year.  Tomorrow we are going to have her Senior pictures done (gasp). 

Lindsey made sure she came and sat with me at her party.  Can you imagine that?  Her boyfriend was there and so were several of her friends and she spent time with me.  If that wasn't enough, she "dropped" her boyfriend off at my table after introducing him to me.  He and I had a nice visit but I was stunned at her leaving him with me.

I found out today why she did what she did.  She told her Mom the story.  Lindsey told her boyfriend "You have to meet Jill.  She's important."  I don't think I have ever been so moved.  I told you SHE is special.

So in closing, I want to say this to Lindsey:

You are a bright and shining star.  Go forward with confidence and be true to yourself.  Your heart will lead you well.  Keep smiling the way you do.  It opens doors.  Follow your dreams.  You can and will achieve anything you ever set your mind to.  Keep a level head. Your well thought out decisions will secure your future happiness.

God Speed, Lindsey.  We love you.

16 comments:

Melodie said...

She sounds like a truly lovely young woman!I think anyone would be blessed to know her!

Dar said...

What a precious girl Lindsey is. A lasting friendship between she and your Becky, for sure. That level-headedness and kindness comes from their upbringing, so be proud. You have inspired your daughter and her friend more than you even realize. It truly was a great reunion at Lindsay's graduation.
BlessYourHeartJill

texwisgirl said...

oh, this is a wonderful post to a sunshine and light soul. :)

Debbie said...

where would we be without our girlfriends?!?

missing moments said...

Relationships can be so rewarding ... lovely post!

Paula said...

Lovely graduation gift to your's and your daughter's dear friend.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

What a lovely compliment: to have a young person say you're "important". She sounds like a wonderful young lady.

Sharon said...

Congratulations to Lindsey, who is obviously more than a special person! What a great friendship she and your daughter have and you and her Mom too! Great friendships last forever!

Kayla said...

You are "important" to a lot of people!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They both sound like wonderful girls!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a great relationship you all have. It's difficult to keep friendships intact over the years. This one must be special. :)

Darla said...

How sweet!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Lindsey sounds like a special young lady! What a compliment that was for her to tell her boyfriend that you were "important" to her! And to leave him at your table tells alot, too. It's wonderful that your daughter has such a sweet friend.

Janie2 said...

I can't imagine the humidity with 114 degree heat!! I like heat, but only dry stuff. Ekkk. Glad you are getting a break from the warmth that zaps your energy. Life is seeing your kids grow up fast, and make their own life. But this is what we all strive for. Life is so short, and they along with life find their way. Congratulations, keep us posted.

Valerie said...

You ARE important to so many. One of the reasons you love and see the good in people. Bless Lindsey for being such a good friend to Becky and you.

Joanna said...

What a beautiful post - that Lindsay holds you in such high regard says a lot about you both.

You are both blessed.