I’ve been asked to speak about multi-generational friendships tomorrow.
I’m looking so forward to sharing what I learned when I embarked on a six year journey, trying to figure out a creative and empowering way for multi-aged women to connect.
This morning, I spent time with a dear and faithful friend who was with me from the beginning of this crazy journey. Danielle was the first person to hear about the OVERFLOW! group. We were sitting in her car after a three hour sign language class and she listened intently as I enthusiastically shared what was on my heart. I processed as I spoke, so I expressed a hundred different ideas at one time. After a few minutes, I stopped and took a deep breath. Danielle turned to me and smiled. “I’d love to be in this with you, whatever it is, Diane. Count me in.”
Danielle had no idea what she was getting into back then but she was more than willing to come along for the ride. She caught my vision for an innovative and fresh new way to bring women together and here we are, years later, still getting together because of our love for each other.
What a great morning.
Danielle brought her mother and a mutual friend of ours – our first sign language teacher – joined us for lunch. For a few hours, we told stories with flailing, signing hands and throw-back-the-head laughter. We chowed down on chickpea and leek soup, two kinds of lasagna and of course, we enjoyed our cups of chai tea as we watched the white caps of Lake Simcoe swell and recede.
I am so thankful for my women friends. I need authenticity and laughter and stories and food and chai tea and Jesus — all happening at the same time.
The older I get, the more I long for this.
Open and undefended.
“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” Mother Teresa
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. Philippians 1.9