Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Good Moment Among New Friends

A couple of posts ago I mentioned trying to find the greater good amid the challenges we are currently experiencing with our son. Today I experienced a "greater good" moment. A neighbor called this morning with a request to peruse our basement. Her family was considering finishing their basement and she wanted to examine the underbelly of our house. After we discussed contractor names and plumbing tips, we began conversing about our kids. From prior discussions, I knew her son had some special challenges and delays. She expounded on our prior conversations and began to cry as she revealed some of the struggles she's experiencing with her very special son. My heart went out to her.

During our conversation I was thinking how I would respond if someone ever ask when we became friends. I would say, "We were neighbors first and became friends the morning we cried in my basement together." This morning, our conversation went beyond landscaping tips and recipes. We shared our puzzlement over the parenting hand we've been dealt. We cried over the challenges we both have experienced. We encouraged each other with our child's progress. We voiced a hope that someday we wouldn't be having this discussion at all. Finally, we promised each other our struggles should not be experienced alone.

Shared challenges turned two disconnected neighbors into dear friends. I found a "good."

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you found a dear friend to connect with. I'm sure you were an encouragement to her, as she was to you! She is lucky to have you as a friend! I know I am! :)