Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Silence

My roommate and I like to walk downtown on 8th Street for some exercise and some quality time. We peek into the shop windows and occasionally journey into a store that has caught our interest. Teerman's almost always falls into the latter category. We could spend hours in this store and have. They have kitchen utensils and appliances, dishes, clocks, TVs, and more household items that you didn't even know existed until you saw it on the self. One particular visit, last year, sticks out to me because I found this shelf of framed quotes on it. The frames themselves were not that pretty or worth spending money on, but the sayings behind the glass were filled with insight and wisdom. One quote jumped out at me. It said:

True friendship comes when the silence between two people becomes comfortable.

I have found that there are few people in life who I can just "be" with. Being together with someone, not talking, not feeling the need to talk, and getting lost in thought. A lot of times in conversations, there seems to be a sense of urgency in the air to ask another question as soon as a moment of silence has arrived. We like to fill the spaces with sound to make ourselves feel more comfortable...anything to avoid awkward silences. Yet, lately, I have come to enjoy those breaches of sound...a chance to not say anything and yet still be in a nonverbal conversation with that person. Some of the most precious hang out times that I've had with my roommate are when we just sat next to each other, didn't say a word, and still had a deep conversation.
It reminds me of the song that goes, "You say it best when you say nothing at all."

So my challenge to you and myself is to not be so quick to fill the air with words and questions but to become more comfortable with silence...realizing that friendship can deepen without a word spoken.

Monday, June 2, 2008

My Birthday

Well, today is my 21st birthday...a very monumental day! I have been so blessed by loved ones today and yesterday. Last night, the "Office" gang threw a party for Josh Cummings and me. Josh had a birthday a week ago (so he is 2 years and a week older than me). My friend, Kellie, had made Funfetti cake...which is my favorite!...and she even made a few in star-shaped cupcake holders. Together, the little cakes spelled out mine and Josh's names. So great! It's been neat to become involved in a community of young adults after coming back for the summer. They are such amazing people to be surrounded with.

This morning, I woke up and immediately opened the box that my roommate had sent me. It had arrived on the porch Friday morning and I had been dying to open it. In it was a note saying that there were 21 little presents for me to open for the 21 years that I have been alive! Throughout the day, I opened presents. All of them were little things that I love or that Laura and I really like doing. She has been such a treasure to me! I don't know what I did to deserve her! Here are pictures of it:


Later today, we got everything final for the purchase of my neighbor's car. Even though it is now sitting out in the driveway right now, I don't think that it's really clicked with me that I own a car. crazy! My parents are very generous for making a way for me to have my own transportation. The best part about it is that I won't have to find a ride back and forth to college for breaks! People will probably start asking me for rides! I think that I will need to name my car this week, so if you have any ideas, let me know!

For dinner, my parents, brother, sister-in-law and I went to Outback Steak House. I'm a girl who loves a steak with veggies, potatoes, and bread. It was marvelous! Then we went to my brother's apartment to have Boston Cream Pie. When I was little, I always used to ask for a heart-shaped cake, so my mom made the Boston Cream in the shape of a heart....AND Boy!...was it delicious!

Thank you to everyone who blessed me on this day. It was a gift!