Tuesday, October 8, 2013

These Guys.

Last Thursday I took a drive to Joplin with Tyler to see some friends at a show they were playing. It had been a couple years since I had seen them, so I conspired with a mutual friend of ours to surprise them. The looks on their faces pretty much made my year....well, that, and all the catching up we did.

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Forgive the blurry graininess. Picture quality on my little ol' iPhone4 in a dark room is just awesome. 
It's so weird, but I always miss people the most right after I've seen them. It seems like, when you haven't seen someone for awhile, you start to get a little used to it, and not being around them seems to be just the way it is. It's not the way it necessarily should be, or the way you want it to be, of course...but it just gets easier to accept, I guess. You forget how much they make you laugh, or how much their reassurance gives you peace, or the depth of their wisdom. So today, I'm missing these fellas more than I have in the past year, even though I just saw them a few days ago.

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Look at those babies (circa 2007ish).
I realized while we were talking/reminiscing/feeling really old before the show that I've known some of these guys  for over ten years now. That's over a third of my life. In that time, we've celebrated marriages, doted on new babies, and mourned the death of parents. I've played with some of their kids between shows and watched them grow up; they've counseled me through breakups (and tried to set me up....."Uncle" Jason!); I've volunteered at countless shows; we've had political "discussions" and "solved" half the world's problems over coffee or dinner, in catering, or in hotel lobbies; I've watched them play for 50 people and 15000. Last week, I got to introduce them to my husband. They're some of my oldest friends, and I've met some amazing people in them and through them. I have come to believe that there's the family you're born with and the family you choose--I chose these guys, and I'm grateful that they chose me back. Ten years of friendship is certainly something to celebrate. Here's to ten more.....and ten after that......and ten after that (at least).

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(P.S. If you're looking for a good show, some good tunes, or just to support some genuinely good guys, you can learn more about these fine fellas at www.building429.com.)

6 comments :

  1. What an amazing friendship! I hope I form a bond like that with a group of people one day.

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  2. Ugh i know JUST what you mean! My best friends just visited me in Seattle this past weekend (I just moved cross country from Chicago) and now it just stinks. It's like the separation anxiety started all over again. It was awesome reading about your friendships though :D

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    1. Whoa! What a move! I've never been to Seattle, but I love the PNW in general. Such a gorgeous part of the country. Stinks to be so far from your friends, though. :(

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  3. Friends like that are the best!! I do enjoy their band a lot! :)

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  4. Uhhh....hahaha...so your friends were actually one of my favorite bands in college. Like, I had "Above It All" as my ringtone for FOREVER and when my CD collection got stolen I was mostly mad about losing my "Space In Between Us" expanded edition CD. And I skipped watching the Belmont Stakes (which is like a holy event to me) to go see them and MercyMe up at Camdenton. So yeah...this is kind of funny/awesome to me.

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    1. What? Are you kidding? How funny! That was a great album....seems so long ago! So you remember the Scotty & Paul days! This makes my whole week.

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