The Art of Friendship

This weekend my husband and I attended the wedding of a high school friend. Well, his high school friend. K is four years my senior and all his friends are one to three years older than him… so I am most definitely the baby.

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When we first started “talking” I was 16 and K was 20. Needless to say, my parents had to be on board for the relationship to happen. Now, as 24 and 28 year-olds, it ain’t no thang.

At Saturday’s wedding we sat at a table with 6 other people- 4 of the 6 people having gone to high school with K and the other two being long time girlfriends-then-wives of my hubby’s friends. Everyone lives in Ohio, but we’re spread all across the state, so get-togethers like a wedding are a perfect time to catch up. Unfortunately, this was the last of K’s friends to get married. (Kudos to the new Mr. and Mrs. Taylor for putting us all together at a table- risky, but very appreciated!)

I can remember meeting each of K’s friends. I can remember being incredibly nervous and self-conscious every time. Some of these folks helped with band activities so when I met them I was nothing more than a random percussion kid in a sea of adolescence and angst… and also their best friend’s jail-bait. Right from the start I knew that fitting in was going to be a challenge.

Actually, I thought fitting in was going to be a challenge. In reality, it was seamless and smooth. Kyle’s friends My friends are incredibly welcoming. I have seen all of them get married and I swear I hear a new story about K’s high school shenanigans each time. This weekend was no different.

My best friend Erica graduated with K, too. Her husband has been friends with mine since elementary school. We had their little family over for brunch Saturday morning before we left town for the wedding. For the first time since high school, with the exception of our wedding, my husband hung out with all his friends on the same day.

Every day I look at my husband and I know how lucky I am to have such an incredible partner, but this weekend I looked around at our breakfast table and then our dinner table only to realize how lucky I am to also have his friends in our life.

We are most certainly blessed and today I am so, so grateful.

Have you kept in touch with your high school pals? When you gained a significant other did you gain more friends, too? How many weddings do you have this year? I think this was one of six for us…

-Louise

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey
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8 thoughts on “The Art of Friendship

  1. I am so glad I found your blog 🙂
    My best friends are the friends I made in high school. I added another “bestie” to the list from college, but all of my girls from high school are still my closest friends. And two of them have married awesome, Christian men.
    And to answer the wedding question, this year I have three. Last year I had my own wedding and was the maid of honor in two others. lol.

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    1. I’m glad you found my blog, too! I will have to add yours to my weekly list!
      My hubby is a workaholic and forgets to be social sometimes so I feel very lucky that he has friends that can reunite like no time has passed! I’m still close with 3 or 4 girls from high school and college, too!
      I’m so jealous of your m.o.h. status! I’ve never been one (and probably never will be? not sure), but I would LOVE that!

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  2. So glad you had a great weekend! I’m not as close to my highschool friends as I would like, but I can definitely relate to being grateful for my boyfriend’s friends!

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    1. I definitely drifted from many high school and college friends, but I’ve got a few good ones and Kyle’s brought a few awesome people into the mix! It’s so funny how life works out!

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  3. This year has, so far, been devoid of weddings! Probably because so many of my friends and family got married in 2014 (including me!). I felt like I was at a wedding every other weekend all year long! This year is all about baby showers and more engagements, so I expect next year to be back to weddings again. 🙂

    I’m not really friends with anyone I went to high school with, except for one exception who pops up every couple of months or so. And I’ve never met a single one of my husband’s high school friends – although his college and work buddies pretty much make up our social life – which is fine with me!

    Found your blog via Grateful Heart! 🙂

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    1. It’s so crazy how some years have 15 weddings and some have 0! I guess that’s what happens when friends and family are close in age. We’ve had some pretty wedding-filled years since my hubby and I have friends of all ages, lol. And MY high school friends have only just started getting married so we’re still in the middle of it all 🙂

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    1. Ooooh, that’s so exciting! My brother just turned 22 and has been with his gf a few months, but I’m holding out that she’s the one! Haha! I will be such a mess at his wedding! I hope you have fun!

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