Our Shining Stars: Forever Friends

This weekend one of my dearest friends, Angie, came to town unexpectedly. Unexpected trips in December are never for fun, and her trip wasn’t for pleasure. BUT, despite the circumstances, we were happy to see each other. What was even cooler? Our kids were SO HAPPY to see each other.

Since college, with the exception of about six months when we were both in Indianapolis, we’ve always lived far, far away from each other. She was in Indy, I was in Cleveland. She was in Massachusetts, I was in Chicago. I was in Indianapolis, she was traveling across the country, then back in Massachusetts. She’s the friend who moved heaven and earth to make it to (and be in) my wedding, met me in Atlantic City (because, hey,it’s just a little south of Boston), and met me in Atlanta. Her twins and my MaM are only four months apart, and are becoming thick as theives. At the most, we get a couple of days a year together, but they are always good days.

This time around, our girls were just as excited to see each other as we were. Her daughter came with me to pick up MaM from school, and they squealed when they saw each other. They immediately ran upstairs and shut the door to MaM’s room. When it was time for little P to go, MaM protested. “MOM! We need more time! We didn’t even get to play with my toys, we just got busy talking.” (Like you do.)

These girls. I love everything about them, as people and as friends to each other.
Sunday, our last night together, the girls exchanged gifts, and I gave Angie a special star from the Hearts of Haiti collection at Macy’s. I’ve got a star on my tree, and now she’s got one on hers. Now whenever I look at it, I think of her and her entire fantastic family. She truly is a star in my life, and her daughter is one is MaM’s.

The Hearts of Hait Collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, jewelry and paintings all made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. These fair trade items bolster the Haitian economy, which is critical since it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti

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