They say friends come into your life for a season, a reason, or a lifetime. And all are very real, regardless of the time they spend in your life. I certainly have had all of these types of friends. But this isn’t about me.
I’ve written before about how my son’s travel soccer coach really made the kids into a team in My Life as a Sports Mom. An “I have your back” group of kids. A group of kids that have gone their separate ways to separate teams and different schools, and yet many of them are still close friends. Many of the parents became very good friends as well…some of those friendships are still among my closest today, over ten years later.
One family moved to Germany, and then on to Canada. They came home the first summer they were away for a visit, and then not again till this year. They came through to town to check on their house, which they are renting. We gathered as many of the old team as we could for a quick four hour visit before they headed down South to visit more family and friends.
It was like these boys had never been apart. Six boys sat around a patio table and talked for well over an hour, ignoring the fact that there was a pool ten feet away.
My youngest, who is four years younger, was also really excited to see his brother’s old friend. He keeps in touch with him too.
The friend convinced his parents to let him stay with us and another family for most of the week…we will put him on a plane on Thursday morning. The boys had signed up to play in a 3 v 3 soccer tournament this past weekend for fun…they quickly added their friend’s name to the roster. It was just like old times.
As I was sitting on the sidelines watching the game with their coach (the boys coached themselves in the tournament), I wondered aloud if they will hang out together with their wives when they are older the way so many of us parents from that old team still do? And you know what…it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Time will tell.