by Chrysa Smith
It’s cool. It’s 10am. I am in my jammies.

My hot cup of tea is on the desk, and here I am sitting at my computer—once again.

I just opened an email from a lady, a friend, with whom I’ve shared a lot of laughs and heartaches; illness and break-ups; aging parent issues, trouble with and laughs about kids. So, I’m in no joking mood. I’m waxing poetic about the important things in life.

You know what Babs Bush (Barbara) said at a commencement speech at a female-only university: At the end of my life, I won’t regret how many business meetings I didn’t attend, the degrees I never got (and I’ll add–the social climbing I didn’t do), but how much time spent with family and friends. OK, I paraphrased, but it was something like this. And the older I get, wow!, the more true it is.

So I will leave you with a snippet from the email I opened today from the lady and friend with whom I’ve shared so much. Read it and schedule some time in to share some fun with the gals—dinner, wine (oh, ya), chocolate (oh-ya), a movie, the shore (oh-ya) or whatever it is that floats your boat.

The Stuff you Learn in Life.

Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end…..BUT

Good friends are there; no matter how much time and how many miles separate–how many times they’ve changed their hair color, address, spouse, as long as they’ve not changed you.