It is almost 11 pm and I have these two girls sitting on my deck enjoying a bonfire. They love being together and are blessed with such pleasant personalities that they are not hard to be with.
Evy and Johanna have been neighbors for years. They have grown up together and reflect on when they were younger and dream about being older and still hanging out and enjoying life together.
I have enjoyed them hanging out at my house during Spring Break this year. They had a sleepover here last Thursday night, and they came back today and are filling my house again with their chatter, laughter, and thoughtfulness. As I watch them, I reflect on my own friends from middle school and the fun we had. Recently my friend sent me a picture from a middle school gathering. I look at it and laugh to myself at how young we all look, (and I chuckle at how we look) and I remember such fun times we shared together. I am thankful for Johanna and Evy tonight. For their delight in life and their gentle spirits. For the ways they like to bring joy and hope to those around them. I appreciate their generous offers to do anything I may need help with. Our world is a better place with them in it. My life is richer because of their presence. I hope you have good young people around you. If you don’t look around you and establish a relationship with a few, you will be glad you did!