My husband and I have had the great adventage of getting away for a night this last week, thanks to my parents braving the snowy conditions and coming to look after our 3 children. We left home on Thursday morning and took a leisurely drive to Sydenham, South London to visit a very very dear friend Helen (she was my bridesmaid). Since getting married about 18 months ago we hadn't seen her and so it was a great pleasure to go and visit her in her new home and with her 6 month baby boy! He has the most stunningly gorgeous big blue eyes. Helen was the person that introduced me properly to my now husband, our friendship has gone through what I would consider 'normal' times, sometimes seeing each other lots, some times having spaces, some times having to confess to behaviour that has affected each other or our other friends.
It sounds very trite to say that it is during bad times you really know who your friends are, but I have to say that I have really found this to be true with Helen. I have watched her be a gracious and loving sister when her sis was diagnosed with cancer. I have seen her stand by practically and emotionally when one of her closest friends husband died just after Helen got married.
My husband and I did move on to have our night away after a fabulous home prepared soup and a good few hours chatting with Helen, but I shall leave the rest of our stay away for another blog.