A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
It may have taken until 9th grade for all of us to become friends, but through our stories I discovered this weekend the seeds of friendship were sewn much before then. Elizabeth and I went to elementary school together. In 6th grade, 2 students from each school were chosen for a creative class together- and that is how Karla and Elizabeth met. The ties were forming, long before we all crafted our most enduring bond- The Five Moorhead Girls.
It seems that the more times we reunite, the more distance we travel through our connections, binding ourselves together more tightly each time.
(From left to right)
Carrie, Vicky, Karla, Elizabeth and Kristi.
The Moorhead girls.
It seems fitting that since a plate of "caramel rolls" brought us back together a few years ago- we'd begin our weekend with a trip to Nichole's Fine Pastry. Its more than "fine," I'd say. In fact, our food was devoured before I could remember to take any photos.
But we didn't linger long over food. We had some stamping to do.
For a fun activity Kristi helped schedule a jewelry making class. We were going to learn how to hand-stamp and design our own necklaces.
We watched carefully as the instructor showed us how to use the tools and then she turned us loose.
Laughed some more… and celebrated when we got it right!
And when my own hand started to ache and swell? Karla rescued me by creating my necklace for me.
while in the meantime the rest of us were still laughing.
Debbi and Paige joined us for the class- Kristi's sister, and Carrie's daughter in front of us.
Just call me lucky. Not only did I end up with a fabulous necklace, our evening would wind down at Hodo's. Two words- yum, and yum.
There was a beer rep in the restaurant and it was Carrie who convinced him we each needed a pair of the sunglasses he was handing out. He carefully counted that we had exactly "ZERO" people drinking his beer, and then still graciously handed us each a pair of glasses. Yep- those are my girls!
It was Kristi who decided on the theme "Moorhead Girls Forever," with the orange and black beads for our school colors on her necklace.
It was also Kristi who artfully arranged the necklaces for me to photograph.
What I love the most? We all chose unique, and yet true to us, sayings and designs. No two are 100 percent alike.
I went with "choose joy," and so did Karla. Karla is due to become the first one of us blessed with a coming grandson. I believe "joy" was chosen for her indeed. And I'll never stop wanting our Gitzen Girl's legacy to "choose joy," to go on forever. I would have to say "joy" chose me right back this weekend.
Carrie chose "Embrace Life," and indeed she has. In more ways than I can possibly express, she has.
And Elizabeth? Stamped what I think is a complete and beautiful poem on hers, with a bird in flight as her symbol.
You can "see" each one of us in our necklaces. Our ties strong, binding and permanent, as unique and individual as they may be.