When K and I joined a church here, I found a woman who became one of my best friends. She was a year older than me, a stay-at-home mom like I was, and had three children my girls' ages. We connected instantly and have been great friends for 20+ years. She has been there for me throughout all of the problems K and I had with our girls and she was always a shoulder for me to lean on. She has listened to me, cried with me, and given me great advice. She has been a spiritual adviser and one of my 'rocks.' And I love her dearly. To top it all off, we share the same first name. :)
After many years of marriage, C's husband divorced her. She didn't want it, but there was nothing she could do--we live in a no-fault divorce state. C is a very private, stoic Finn and she never told me why her husband divorced her--although I have my own opinion on that subject. I hope I was able to help her in some small way while she was going through her worse days. She has said that she will always love her ex, but she has moved on. Today she has a male companion, but she has said she would never remarry.
C is a very funny lady and whenever we get together, we laugh until we're on the verge of peeing our pants. We try to go out to dinner once a month in order to keep up with each other's lives, but we don't always succeed. Tomorrow night we will get together for the first time since before Christmas. And that is a shame that we have let it go so long. We will have a good time, as always.
As I said, C is very funny. She has a subtle, dry humor which I gravitate to, because it is the same as my own humor--and I have two examples to share. First, she is 'suffering' from age like most of the rest of us and has that 'middle-aged spread' and accompanying weight gain that is all too common. Whenever she goes to see her doctor, as is usual, the nurse wants to weigh her. C allows herself to be weighed only once a year and that is at her annual physical. Every other time she goes in, she tells the nurse to put down 'Still fat' as her weight. :D Second example: She just went to see her doctor recently and the office is putting all of the patient records on computer. This meant that the doctor had to retake C's health history. When the doctor asked C if she had any STD's, C said 'I wish.' :D C said the appointment went downhill from there. A funny, funny lady--and I can't wait for our dinner and a visit.