I had the best weekend.
We spent time with the core group from our small group from when we lived on that lovely island for med school. The 7 of us were together for basically 3 years and other people came and went. It is the first time we were ALL together in 2 years. I have been looking forward to this time, since I found out it would happen in May.
There are people that life is simple with. There are people that, for introverts like me, barely count as people. Who you can just exist with and not feel completely drained. The kind of people you can just pick up where you left off and hardly miss a beat.
These are those people.
We went to Magic Mountain, a pretty awesome water park. We played mini golf. We made up our very own road trip game to drive to one couple’s home complete with mid-trip car switches. We stayed up until 2 in the morning playing Sing Star and were up and off to the races again at 10. We explored a market and watched Highland games. We grocery shopped and went to games stores. We BBQed and lounged around just talking for hours. We played a million new board games until almost 2 in the morning again. We went to church, we went to lunch and had a great discussion.
I barely took any pictures except at the Highland games.
I love that we can be real with each other. Really, truly honest and open about where we are. That we can talk about tough stuff. And in the next breath crack jokes about being “tied and pleasured” (long story).
It was a full weekend.
I was sad it was over.
We are blessed to have many good friends. Despite that, we have been feeling discouraged because we don’t have as many close friends where we live currently (but we still have a few we are attached at the hip to), but part of that is because it is so rare to have the kind of friendships we have with this crew we spent the weekend with. God provided us with great people when we needed them in a certain way and I know He is doing the same here, just in different ways. It has been a slow go feeling like we are a part of things here. And part of that is because it was so easy when we were there. And maybe that is because we needed it to be at that time.
Community stretches you and grows you. Spending time with what was our main community was amazing. And comforting. And a true testament to how awesome God is. Our church here encourages community, and I can sense the community, but it is bigger and broader than what I once knew in some ways and the relationships, like people are different. But, then again, so are we. It is a good thing.
I am thankful for full weekends. And friends who change and yet stay the same. And for the comfort that comes from really loving and knowing people.
We get to go away with some other very special friends this weekend. People we have known and loved much of our lives. I am super excited. So, really, we are very fortunate. Two awesome weekends in a row!
I have a musical interlude for this post. A song that was stuck in my head the whole weekend and, well, is still stuck in my head. It isn’t quite about amazing friends or community and yet, in some ways, it fits because of the concept of coming together.