I have a friend in the yellow house down the street who was an answer to prayers.
I desperately wanted a neighborhood friend for my littlest, Jonah, who was around 9 months old when they moved in. Their little boy was just a few months younger. The boys have been fast friends since, with a few bumps in the road. Last summer when we returned from vacation, the first thing Jonah did was run down the street to see his friend. He spied him from the top of the back yard and gave out a primal Tarzan call. His buddy immediately looked up and answered with a call of his own. It seemed like something that only could happen when boys have been friends since infancy.
Aside from the boys, however, the mom at the yellow house has proved to be a true friend over the years. We are very different, she and I. She is incredibly wise and has amazing deep thoughts but has trouble keeping the day to day minutia straight. I’ve got a pretty good grip on the day to day, but it’s rare that my thoughts stray far beneath the surface. As it is, I remind her about the simple things like when the milkman has come with her milk and she keeps me grounded on the big things, like why my little guy is struggling socially.
Last weekend my friend had a girls’ weekend on Block Island for her 40th Birthday. I felt so blessed to be one of the friends invited. We were a diverse lot, many of us acquaintances but not all friends. Only my friend from the yellow house could pull together a group of women who could get along so perfectly for four days. The woman who hosted the party was amazed that we all stuck together for most of the trip — taking long hikes, lounging around the house and sitting at the dinner table talking for hours.
It was a wonderful weekend that cemented how blessed I was when my friend moved into the yellow house down the street. I hope that in the years to come, our boys remain close and our friendship never wanes.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 12, Adam, 12, and Jonah, 8.