Thursday, August 22, 2013
Perhaps the best thing about life is the friendships we build along the way.
This past weekend, for the Burlesons, was all about some special friendships.
Pam, Erin and I drove to Laurel Saturday. Emma was the maid of honor for her best friend from college, Kristen Walker, who was marrying Greg Allen. Andy, busy at the University of Southern Mississippi, could not attend.
More of Emma’s closest friends from college were either in the wedding party or attended the ceremony at Audubon Drive Bible Church.
She had been in Hattiesburg and Laurel all week long – assisting Kristen as the maid of honor should and doing lots of last-minute visiting with her friends. Emma will be leaving this week for Arlington, Texas, for a year-long stay at Mission Arlington.
It was an emotional week for her. One of the great blessings about her four years at USM was the friends she met there, and she went there knowing no one.
Emma posted a picture on Facebook Sunday night of her hugging good friend Hannah Rice goodbye. It almost made her father cry.
But I guess I will save my tears for when we take her to the airport in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday for her flight to Dallas, Texas.
Pam and I also got to spend some time Saturday with two very special people in our lives.
I sent a text to Pam Friday, while calling on advertising customers, and told her to call Judi Holifield and see if she and her husband Neal were going to be around on Saturday. Judi was excited to receive the call – so we had a dinner date on our schedule.
During the two years we lived in Laurel (1999-2001), Neal and Judi became two of our very best friends. Our sons, Andy and Alan, played baseball and soccer together.
We even took a vacation together – spending the Fourth of July in St. Louis, Mo. It was wonderful. We saw the Cardinals play, but the most memorable part of the trip was fireworks on Independence Day under the arch.
Ironically, Emma had run into Neal and Judi earlier this year at church in Hattiesburg.
Pam and I had not seen them in probably 11 years.
The reunion was wonderful. We talked for more than an hour at the hotel we were staying at Saturday night and then went to eat at Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant.
The food was great but the conversation was fabulous. We relived lots of fond memories. Neal and Judi caught us up on lots of other friends from our time in South Mississippi.
But, of course, most of our talk was about our own children. They are, indeed, our pride and joy.
In his first year of organized, coach-pitch baseball, Andy played on an undefeated team in Laurel. We laughed when talking about Andy on the front row of the team photo, smiling big, with front teeth missing.
The next year Andy and Alan got to play on the same team – in baseball and in soccer. Those were good times.
Pam and I are blessed to have a network of friends in every place we’ve lived – Fulton, Aberdeen, Laurel and Holly Springs. Plus, we stay in touch with friends from high school and college.
We’re even planning another vacation with the Holifields.
It’s pleasing to see our children develop those same kind of friendships.
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