Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables dreamed of meeting “a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my innermost soul.” In my life experiences thus far, there truly is nothing sweeter than adding another kindred spirt into my “family.”
Today my world has shifted since one of my very best friends is en route to her new house in Washington state, rather than residing one mile down the road from me. Through my tears I have been finding comfort in the fact that I was lucky to see her almost every day for the last three years and to have her support as we navigated motherhood together and watched our sons become the best of friends. Jodi Samples- you are the real deal- a kindred spirit for sure!
I met Jodi and Eli when Otis was only 5 weeks old and thus began our morning walk tradition. You will see Kate, our third musketeer, and her daughter, Allie, in many of these photos. Our trio is a force to be reckoned with!
We started our walks by wearing our kids and then moved on to the stroller phase.
Eventually the walks got shorter and the park times got longer as our munchkins just wanted to get out and play together.
or stomp in rain puddles
I’ve learned that 2.5 year olds really do have best friends. Otis plays with a lot of kids, but Eli has always been his favorite, even from the get go.
Shenanigans ensue whenever these rapscallions get together!
I’ve learned that co-parenting is amazing. Kate and Jodi praise, discipline, and play with Otis right alongside me and vice-versa.
These are two very special trios for sure!
As I think about one of my favorite families moving away, I am reminded of wisdom imparted to me by the lovely Michael Henry. While saying our goodbyes as we left college, a young Becky was certain that we’d visit each other every year and talk on the phone constantly. A more realistic Michael said “this is how it will go- we will lose touch, but then some circumstance will bring one of us to the place the other lives and we will hang out as if no time was lost at all.” How true that has been with all of my kindred spirits. We can not talk for 3 years and then hang out for hours on end and pick up right where we left off.
So yes, Jodi- we will text and video chat, but when life gets hectic and communication is less frequent, we will know that the friendship is still there. As Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables said “True friends are always together in spirit.”
All our love to KC, Jodi, Eli, and Amelia Samples as they start this next chapter of their lives. We love you guys!