Nancy, With the Laughing Eyes




Today is my friend Nancy’s birthday. To me, she is “Nance” and forever will be.


We’ve known each other since high school, and to this day,  I smile when I think of her. Due to our living in different parts of the country, years pass between our get-togethers. And yet it doesn’t seem to matter.


Nance and I sure did get up to some hi-jinks back in the day. If I told you about stalking a certain driver of a “Super Sport,” you wouldn’t believe me. If you heard tell of what happened after we went to see a theater-of-the-deaf production of “Animal Farm,” your sides might split. And don’t even get me started on that Halloween. That old story is a permanent part of our shared memories.


She still makes me giggle. She (somehow) keeps me grounded. She has a beautiful family and honestly, I don’t know how she does it – 4 kids! But there she is, doing it all while maintaining a hot bod and a killer sense of humor.


When you make a friend, you have no way of knowing how long that person will be in your life. Another friend once told me he’d seen a refrigerator magnet that read, “A friend comes into your world for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.” I’ve known friends from all those categories. I could be sad about that, as some good people are no longer in my life, but I think the greater choice is to be thankful. Thankful to have known those souls at all.


Anyhoo, my teenage self didn’t know Nance would end up being a “lifetime” friend. But she is. And I love that gal. So today I send her oodles and oodles of birthday cheer. Just thinking of her, I’m smiling…


  1. Nancy says:

    I re read this again and I got the tears rolling again. I love you, Mik

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