She loves me so much, she let me paint on her walls. She trusted me so much she said, "I don't care what you paint, do whatever feels right." She took care of me by supplying an endless stream of ice cold gin and tonics with a slice of lime. And if you have ever lived through an Arizona summer, you know how those hit the spot like nothing else.
It has been about five years since I splattered paint on her walls and about three since I up and moved my whole life two states away. And even though we are far apart, nothing changes, distance means nothing.
Good friendships are ones that encourage and support us to be better people and do better things in the world. This friendship is one of those. Good friendships allow us to spill everything out without fear of judgement. This friendship is one of those. Some friendships are infinite. This friendship is one of those. And while all our friendships are special in different ways and for different reasons, some are just special.
I am grafetul for all this friend has done for me. I am grateful for the support, the encouragement, the kicks in the pants, the gin, and the laughter.
I wouldn't be the mother, artist or person I am today without her and all she has done for me.
Maybe she will let me put paint on her walls...again. And pay me in gin...again. Who knows...something like this might happen...again.
My other really good friend Tami, (I really do have more than one friend) took these pictures for me. We never really had gin and tonics together. We worked with little kids together, almost as intoxicating. Our girls were friends in kindergarten. We ate fish tacos from Rubio's together. And we once flung manure water from branches under a harvest moon together. My son said to after our moonlit manure evening, "I think she is magical. She creates magic." She summons life from the earth with grace and artistry. She is magical. She is the Garden Goddess. And I think she is pretty special. She holds a special place in my world, even from far away.
So now you know I have more than one friend. I have two.
Viva Los Amigos!