“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie
Crystal sent a note this morning. “You realize we graduated from UK twenty years ago today, right?” Well, I didn’t until she told me. I’m not real good with dates or names, but that day I remember really well. My best friend Jim Brown had died just a week before. He and I were supposed to walk through graduation together (he’d finished his degree in Business in December), but he didn’t survive. Instead, I walked the smaller Fine Arts graduation, but I didn’t walk it alone. Crystal walked, too. She’d finished her BFA in only four years, as where it took me five years for a simple BA. In my defense, I was still playing a lot of music and working a couple of part time jobs. I tell you what, Crystal and I had a lot of good times, and great conversations back then. She’d take smoke breaks with me. She didn’t smoke. I had a two-pack-a-day habit. A lot has sure changed in these last twenty years; some good (I quit smoking), some bad (a lot more people have died), but all in all it’s pretty awesome because I’m still hanging out with Crystal. She’s the kind of friend you want in your life, and I’m incredibly grateful for her, and to her…even though she still looks like she’s twelve. Maybe a little of her anti-aging secret will rub off on me if I stick around her long enough.