Once Upon a Time
To celebrate my 25th birthday, I traveled with my mom to Columbus, Ohio to visit my grandmother. We had a wonderful visit and on the night before our return trip, she suffered a stroke. I remained in Columbus for 1 year and it was during this time that I was able to observe a very special friendship between my grandmother and her friend, Louann. They shared a unique friendship, at least in my observation, because of their difference in age. My grandmother was active and 87 years old and Louann was active and in her early 50's, with a boyfriend and a big extended family. Even though their lives were full and it seemed unlikely that their paths would cross, week by week they made some time to get together and walk out each of their lives with one another. Although they did not spend a tremendous amount of time together they did manage to read books and chat it up in the kitchen over a cup of coffee, they talked about flowers, they would play Bingo, go swimming and sometimes Louann would invite my grandma out to dinner to celebrate a family member's birthday and through it all I remember a lot of laughter. Since my grandma did not have family in Columbus (prior to my decision to move there) and Louann was a younger friend, it was a shared sense of relief to both my mom and myself that in case of an emergency we knew she would contact us in Texas. What I remember most is that they developed an authentic friendship with one another that enriched both of their lives. They had a lot of fun in just doing s¼imple things together and as friends they helped each other smile.