Thursday, April 21, 2011

Double and Divide

I met up with an old friend in the city today, dear Kjersti of Cedar Heights days. She and I lived together for, oh, I don't know, a year? She was the R.A. of our sweet little cottage, and took the job as seriously as anyone with a sense of humor can. I remember distinctly the night of James's surprise birthday party, which was to be held at 1:00 am, at Ramirez's (the only place in Rexburg open that late). 1:00 am was a full two hours after curfew, but this was at the point my college career that I was only easy with the honor code when I ignored it. Kjersti, I assume, felt the dual rumblings of duty and "who cares", so, around 11:00 pm she announced loudly, for anyone interested, that she would be going to bed, and would probably be sleeping very soundly, and that was that.

Today Kjersti and I met for lunch. I had planned for 1:00, thinking that would give me time to get back from the Hamptons (where I spent my spring break, obviously), maybe get a run, shower, and head into the city. Wishful, wishful thinking. Instead, I came home, finished my book, cleaned half my bathroom, and laid on the couch for 20 minutes.

I pulled the sweatshirt and puffy vest I'd worn yesterday back on, conceded to vanity by re-doing my ponytail, and headed out the door. I've spoken before about how I love old friends, friends with whom there is a story and a history, and it's not just because I don't feel like I have to shower when I meet up with them (though, that is part of it). It's that I feel comfortable. Like I can just pick up right where we left off. Where I don't have to explain or justify and neither does she. We haven't seen each other in years, but, as we eat rice pudding in late afternoon sunshine, those years in between don't really matter. Because, despite the more adult angles of our faces, and the more grown-up contents of our purses, we still are who we are, and we each remember who that is.

It's nice.

Rice pudding is also nice.

1 comment:

  1. Rice pudding is nice and delicious! Thank you for taking the time to come and see me.