I’m guessing many of you have probably read “Tuesdays with Morrie”? Well, it is summertime, so I am blessed to enjoy “Thursdays with Julie“. Have you read that one yet? Um. Probably not. It is my own. Mine and Julie’s. It is still being written.
Julie in grade school ~
The story has been shared before. Our family moved to Tuttle, Oklahoma in 1966. I was a timid six years old walking into an unknown world. My new teacher seated me next to another little girl “who just moved to town” two weeks prior. We shared a desk. Her name was Julie.
We grew up together in this town. Bike riding, swimming, sunburns, school, sleepovers, Girl Scout Camp, band, football games, glee club, secret dances, boys, family, siblings, friends, church, draggin’ main, heartaches, despair, math difficulties, music lessons, Trixie Beldon, the drugstore. This was our life together. Sometimes I thought Julie knew me better than I knew myself. Down time at an Amarillo, Texas Band Contest ~ At Julie’s house ~
Fast forward forty-something years. Yep ~ a lot has happened between then and now. Julie is a music teacher and extra busy during the school year. So during the summer….we have our Thursdays. No, we don’t go to lunch or meet for dinner. We live several hundred miles apart. Our “date” is on the phone each Thursday during the summer. We catch up on life and our boys (Julie has three, me – two) and hubbys and hopes and dreams and disappointments and favorite places we like to eat and pinterest and how we’d like to go back to Colorado. Paula, Lauri and Julie ~ on Julie’s Wedding Day
Sometimes, while we are talking, my mind drifts back to those days in Tuttle. Two little girls on the phone, our mothers telling us that we’ve been talking long enough. What could we possibly have to chat about when we’d been with each other at school all day? This memory makes me smile. I hope Julie can hear that in my voice.
The summers fly by quickly now….as do the “Thursdays with Julie.” But I cherish every conversation. Julie is blond and dingy and funny. She is full of energy and quite the inspiration. And did I mention how much she makes me laugh. Yes, well. This cannot be overstated! We don’t agree on everything, but learned long ago to skip “those” topics. Julie is as stubborn as I am. Maybe that’s why I love her so much? Or could it be her salsa recipe? Paula, Julie and Lauri and our Tuttle class 50th birthday party~
HappY, HappY Birthday to you today, Julie. I know you won’t see this for a couple of days since you are out “playing”, but I’ll tell ya about it ~ on Thursday. I love you, friend ♥