Monday, March 12, 2012

meeting Emily...

"Who are all these wonderful people in your life?" inquired a new friend the other day. I had to smile. It's true! The frosting of my life is thick, rich friendship. Like a crown of wild flowers, each one is an interwoven story of grace.

Kindly indulge a little reminiscing story then, as I tell of how I met my friend Emily over fifteen (FIFTEEN!) years ago...

It was a meeting of hearts. My mom still claims the credit, and I won't disagree for, indeed, as mothers always are, she was perfectly right. She met Mark and Emily, this "cute couple" on Sunday morning, after their class had wrapped up and a mingling handful gathered around my parents, the missionaries to Russia now home for their grandson's (Caleb's) precarious birth. They introduced themselves and bantered about missions a bit, about Emily's sister, Michelle, who was then in Nepal, also with TEAM (their mission organization). Mom promptly decided to inquire if they had dinner plans. She's emphatic that her match making decision was, in fact, immediate -- before a word was spoken.

Plopping her purse and then herself on the couch, Mom cheerfully (and cheekily) announced that we would be having dinner guests and I might as well not give her that look because she simply knew we would be fast friends. She had a feeling.

Emily surprised herself by tearing up while helping to set the table. Not because our table was grand but the reverse, in its simplicity. Having married and moved from Colorado six months prior, life in Arizona (well, in Scottsdale, an affluent city where they attended church) so far hadn't remotely resembled the nourishing, "earthy" home culture she'd left behind. A pot of white chili and corn bread centered our old oak table like the yellow of a daisy. Something there, amidst honest food and conversation strummed familiar and lovely tears sprung to her eyes. What I adored (and recognized) was that Emily did not hide them but rather expressed her thought and allowed us to enter her feeling. I loved her instantly from the heart. I glanced at my mom. How do mothers do that? That evening we laughed, passed the honey, shared our sweet baby boy's story, passed the butter, learned about their families and ladled more than bowl and belly to the brim.

7 comments:

Susannah said...

I can just picture that dinner in my head. You two are such wonderful friends, it really is a beautiful thing.

emily said...

You beat me to it! My story is still percolating but will be out soon. It is like waiting for a baby to be born :) I love you dear friend.

Amy said...

Sus,

I remember very well hearing all about you before we ever met. One time over the phone Emily said that she thought I needed some Susi in my life, that everyone needed a Susi --but alas there was only one! :) How sweet it is to know you, Sus. XXXX

Susannah said...

Thanks Amy, there is enough to go around. It is funny, because I really know you mostly through Emily, ( I think we have only seen each other face to face on a couple of occasions), but I feel like we have been friends for years. You are so great and may there be many more meetings in the years to come.
XO

Genevieve Thul said...

What a great story! I never heard it before.

Erin said...

I've heard Emily's version, and it's so sweet to add yours to it. Like adding richness to fullness. Thank you for sharing!

Tracy said...

Such a sweet story! I love picturing your mom and I can hear her voice and inflections. I miss you, Linda! I have only met you once I think, Emily but feel as if I know you better through Amy....I am thankful for the friend you have been and are to her! And my family is praying for Thomas and your family.

Amy I'll bet your white chili and cornbread was better than my turkey/dressing/whatever that was I served you the first time you came over! Ba ha!