Working on school stuff today, I watched Marley and Me. Love this movie; love the story it tells of a family during different stages in life. The couple reminds me of my dear friends Ryan and Lauren. They have been married for four years, and are living the life of young professionals in Connecticut. They have a golden doodle named Jackson, full of energy and fun! I love spending time with them, laughing, and consider their dog Jackson my own nephew-dog. They remind me greatly of the John and Jenny Grogan characters in the movie: fun, easy-going, light-hearted, and down to earth.
On top of that, I spoke with one of my best friends yesterday, who is about to visit Haiti (not my city, hoping to travel to see her), and thoughts of times with her and husband filled my heart with joy.
Watching Marley and Me stirred thankful thoughts in my mind. God has blessed me with so many wonderful friends; friends I consider family. Yes, every girl has her girlfriends she can talk to about life and day-to-day issues. But what I am extremely thankful for are my couple-friends.
God has blessed me with windows inside each of their lives. I have been able to watch all of their relationships develop, danced at their weddings, watch them grow together as married couples, and some of them beginning parenthood. Basically, I felt nostalgic missing many friends, game and movie nights with them, and how their company makes me a better person. And not just couples my age, God has blessed me with numerous families I consider part of my own family at multiple ages. All of whom, I have learned from about life, family, relationships and how to handle situations that arise.
Marley and Me also shows a loving family. Which of course, makes me miss everyone in my family terribly. I want to hang out with my parents, go to my grandparents’ house, and visit with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. It makes me think of the times at grandma’s house when everyone is there; the house is full to the brim with people, laughter, food, and shotguns.
All in all, I am thankful for all of my family-friends, thankful for God blessing me so, to the point of being spoiled-rotten.