Two movies affected my life, like none-other, when I was a tween: Stand by Me and Anne of Green Gables.
Stand by Me
Mainly, for it's parting shot.
A writer, leaving his mark, sharing his life story and the story of his friends:
"I never had any friends later in life like the ones I had when I was twelve. Does anyone?"
Truer words have rarely been spoken.
And, then, there was Anne Shirley and Diana Berry. Everyone should have a friendship like the one described between those two: Bosom buddies, kindred spirits, forever friends. A friend who would defend you, never leave your side, understand you, help you rise; challenge you "to do better, be better", if your course faltered from the narrow path, and would help you see clearly if pride ever blinded your eyes.
I was fortunate to have such a friend from 2nd grade through 8th grade.
Her name was Sara.
Although, our lives began to separate in high school,
(we chose different paths that weren't compatible to coexist with the other),
we found our way back to friendship.
We live far, far, apart from one another, (3,776 miles or so); however, we were able to see each other at our 20th year, grade school reunion, in the summer of 2012.
Yep, you read that right, a grade school reunion.
Sara and I had both recently given birth to healthy boys, my 4th child and her 3rd.
You never have friends like the ones you had when you were twelve.
Those who have attended Ada Christian School know this to be true, especially those who attended from Kindergarten through 8th grade, we call it "The Ada Connection". Those types of friends, and people, who you needn't have any contact with for ten years, or more, and you happen to bump into them at a grocery store and it's as if no time has passed at all.
Your formative years,
the years when your heart is exposed, you're in process of becoming who you are going to be;