“Forever is composed of nows.” ~Emily Dickinson
It began with to-do list musings over the beat of my scrubbing toothbrush. “Birthday … Dede … present … ” My dearest friend triumphed over a lot in the past year: a big move, a big promotion, and a scary MS diagnosis—all while juggling the duties of mom and wife.
So what do you get someone for all of that? Flowers? Jewelry? Omaha Steaks?
None of that conveyed what I wanted to say: “I thank the world every day that you’re in it. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend.”
Yeah, definitely not steaks.
Then I got to thinking … The last time Dede and I had one-on-one time was when we were kids. With our own kids now as well as our own jobs, homes (cities even), and obligations, there’s simply never time for it. Sure, we occasionally get together with our families in tow at the holidays, but it’s never just us, laughing, being silly, and being those girls from a childhood far, far away.
So why not make time for it? Why not go somewhere … somewhere we could play and have nothing to do but have fun.
Some place close. Some place equidistant between us. And then I had it:
I asked her, and being the pedal-to-the-metal gal she is, of course she said, “Let’s do it. Let’s do it now!”
It’s like Sue always said: the gift of an experience is better than any other. Carpe diem. And just like that, I’m headed to Vegas in two weeks for two dedicated days to a friend who deserves my time and attention as much as my love and adoration.
So, how about you? What will you do today that you’ve been putting off until tomorrow?
“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~Erma Bombeck