I read this quote from Shauna Niequist:
“I felt profoundly grateful for the familiarity, for knowing someone across decades, for having the kind of history that allows for shorthand, shared language, a thousand inside jokes, but even deeper than that, an awareness of one another’s hardest days, darkest wounds, scars, and secrets.”
I count many dear friends amongst my greatest gifts. But there is something extra special about the ones who have been around since I was a kid. Shauna described it so well. I catch myself being so grateful for conversations where no back story is required-they know because they lived it with me.
I’m blessed with several of these kind of friends. Like Shauna, I’m forever grateful for that familiarity.