This past weekend, Em and I ventured to the blessed city of Austin, Texas. It was refreshing and wonderful and full of happiness. We drove with the windows down and the music too loud because we are 21 and we can. I let my bare feet hang out of the car, but Emily kept hers in the car since she had to drive. We felt the wind on our faces and worshipped and sang and danced. We drove up and down the driveway at the lake, because it is hilly and fun when Emily speeds up towards the end. We talked about life and jesus and how those are pretty much interchangeable. We tried to tackle fears and questions. At the lake we layed out and soaked up the warm sun, jumped off of the dock into the freezing cold water, kayaked awkwardly in a kayak for one, and literally danced like no one was watching (but sometimes we did have an audience...Emily bowed to a boy). We shopped at Anthro, perused the isles at Book People, ate sandwiches and muffins on the patio of Whole Foods, and drank yummy champagne in small little glasses with frozen strawberries and tiny spoons.
As, we were driving home, I began to think that this weekend wasn't simply fun because of everything we did. It was fun because of who I got to do it with. I am thankful for my friend Emily. Thankful that we share in the same truth. Thankful that the fun isn't over just because we are not in Austin. And even though she goes to bed at like 10, I am thankful that I have the fun with me in Waco. Susie, if you are reading this, I think you are fun too. You too Sara. And Will. And the Will I have not met, I hear you are pretty fun as well.. Thank you for letting me into your home and for teaching me even though you probably don't even realize that you did. That is the best kind of teaching I think.
"All who share in this activity will be our companions; but the ones who share something more will be our friends. In this kind of love, Do you love me? means Do you see the same truth?--or at least, 'Do you care about the same truth?' The man who agrees with us that some question, little regarded by others, is of great importance can be our friend. He need not agree with us about the answer."