Tonight I attended a jewelry party. This is a stretch for someone who typically shops for jewelry under a sign announcing at least 40 percent off regular prices. But the mother of my daughter's friend was just getting started in the business, thus the invite. Another friend and her mother, whom I haven't seen in years, was also going, so why not? It would be fun to catch up and share changes.
We really had a pleasant evening of oohing and aahing at the table full of sparkly pieces, sipping coffee and munching finger foods. Tara and I picked up the conversation like we had just talked yesterday. It was as if we were back in time when the girls were first graders and not the young women of today. But one topic was markedly changed. While we used to laugh and share the trials of parenthood, today it is caring and concern for our aging parents. Our talk is sprinkled with gratitude for how things are at the moment, but fear of the path ahead. How great to have old friends to share the walk.