As a stay-at-home mom of two young kids, I often crave adult interaction. Texts. Phone calls. A real-live adult that speaks to me. These things are rare in my daily 9-5 life.
So when Heather texted to see if we were available for her and her mom to visit in July 2016, I didn’t get my hopes up. Heather is one of my very best friends in the world. She and I were first hall mates, then roommates, at Winston Dorm at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The last time I had seen her was about five years ago when she, her mom and her three young sons met us in Chapel Hill for lunch at Sutton’s. We only saw her for a brief blip of time, and she was very busy running after her kids – understandably. We didn’t really have a chance to talk that trip.
I put her 2016 travel dates in my calendar, and made sure I kept my calendar clear. But I wasn’t 100% hopeful until she booked her tickets! 😉 Then I got excited.
My kids, my husband and my mom went to the Observation deck at RDU airport to watch for Heather and Miss Sherry’s plane to land. The kids loved watching the planes take off and land. We then went to the baggage claim to meet them – and seeing Heather walking up the hallway made me cry, straightaway! She looked exactly the same – and she acted exactly the same too. There is something very comforting about that.
We visited Chapel Hill, ate at Sutton’s (our old haunt), picked up paraphernalia at Student Stores and walked from Student Stores to Franklin Street. I had deju vu in a major way while we walked together – we hadn’t done that (just the two of us) since we were in college. You’ll note I haven’t typed in the years we attended college – I’m still adjusting to how long ago that was! This visit helped me remember that Heather gets car sick, adores ketchup and can put a ‘hurtin’ on some mac and cheese. I learned about her family and her work as a Piyo instructor. I ‘learned’ 2016 Heather. And she’s just as awesome as ‘college Heather’.
We visited Umstead Park to ‘walk in the trees’. We visited Pullen Park. We talked. We laughed so hard, we cried.
There’s nothing better than having a good friend to talk to. I have such fond memories of sitting in our dorm room talking away. Studying together. Highlighter wars. We slid back into our fun talks, but we added a new level to it – ideas to help each other through ‘life with kids'. We are creating this blog to share our ideas – and our friendship – with you!