Thursday, December 29, 2016

Long Time Friends

There is certainly something to say about life long friends. Especially in this day of Facebook or other social media sites that allow you to connect with so many people.

Like many people I have a lot of acquaintances and many friends. What I have fewer of are deep friendships that span 20-30 years. They are rare and precious. I'm talking about the kind of person I'd call first to share good news, call if I were in trouble or rely on for a shoulder to cry on in a time of grief.  

This holiday season I got together with a group of friends that I used to work with while working for Providence Health System. I worked there from 1989 to 2002.

Pictured from left to right is Tracy Brown, Peggy Duquette, Chris Tunick and finally Jennifer Holmes.  While all are great friends, Jennifer is one of those rare one's that I know I can always count on. What a wonderful group of people. 

One of the first people I met when I started at Providence was Cheryl James. She and I have known each other for nearly 30 years now. Another great example of someone I know I can count on for anything. I've been blessed with great friends in my life. 

This is a picture of Cheryl and I taken yesterday at Sharkys Beach in Venice, Florida. As you can imagine in a nearly 30 year friendship, we have experienced a lot together. I'm so grateful that we've remained connected!

Here we are with our spouses - Bobby and Kent. Kent and I are headed to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl and built in the extra time to spend a few days visiting. We need to get back more often.

I love traveling to Florida at this time of year. Last year at this time Kent and I were in Key West for New Year's Eve. If the Huskies win the Peach Bowl - we will be back in just over a week. Additionally we are going on a Caribbean Cruise in Febuary 2017 and will once again find ourselves in Florida. The photo above and the ones below are a few random shots from our current trip. 

We will be in Atlanta tomorrow.  More to come following the Peach Bowl! Go Huskies!

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