Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Claudia

me and my BFF, Claudia

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.” William Yeats

Some of my earliest childhood memories include her. I spent more time at her house than I did at my own. The distance between our two houses was approximately five city blocks, but we would meet each other half-way, so neither of us would have to walk the distance all alone. We played jacks and “go fish” and as we got older, we played a few games of “spin the bottle” with some of the neighborhood boys. When the Beatles made their debut, she loved Paul and I loved George. We both went to work at the local movie theatre where we met and “fell in love” with real boys.

I ate my share of “white beans”, mashed potatoes, and homemade biscuits sitting at her family’s dining room table. Her mother made the best biscuits that I have ever eaten--to this day! Claudia later shared her secret of making them the night before and putting them in the freezer until the next day. Don’t ask me why but that just made them GOOD! We drank ice cold tea, with lemon slices from those sweaty aluminum glasses--still my drink of choice today! Every time I go to a thrift store or antique shop, I seek out those aluminum glasses and tea pitchers.

As we grew up and I married at age 16, our lives began to part. She later married a military man and they moved all over the country. As I lost touch with her, she birthed two daughters and I birthed two sons. Time passed on but our friendship never faltered. Finally reconnecting after years of lost contact, we now use the internet and telephone to keep in touch. She is my number one blog fan.

Today, July 16th, is her birthday and she is NOW the same age as me! The other day she emailed me a picture of their new boat. She was sitting on the deck, wearing a bathing suit. When I mailed her birthday card I commented on how “sexy” she looked. She emailed back and thanked me, saying she knew I was “just being kind”—BUT I really meant it.

Happy Birthday, sexy thang!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir,


Birdstopusa said...

Thank you for the "Birthday" greeting. I have the best birthday presents ever! I have you as a life long best friend, a wonderful husband and good health. What more could I ask for? Life is good.....

Vera said...

That is really touching because my best friend married a military man and we haven't had much contact. (over 50 yrs ago)
She lives in NC and I live in WV, I still miss her.

Musings of a Sea Witch said...

Happy Birthday to Claudia. What a wonderful, feel good post. Friends are the greatest gift and no matter how many years of lost contact, when you do hook up itis like time has stood still. My best to both of you. Sea Witch

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Jacque,
What a nice story of friendship...I would like to wish your BFF, Claudia a very Happy and Blessed Birthday. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings and a great big hug,

Jacque said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and birthday wishes. Claudia will be so excited to read them. We talked this morning and shared a few more childhood memories. I believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason and for that I am thankful!

Birdstopusa said...

Thank you ALL for the nice birthday comments. Jacque, you made my day even more special by writing about our forever friendship. You are, and always have been, a wonderful and loyal friend!