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Better Than Christmas

Today is a red-letter day in our household. Today, Maddie’s best friend from New York, Naomi, is coming to visit.

That’s right.

If you’ve been with me that long, you’ll remember that for the first couple years of Maddie’s life, she and Naomi were pretty inseparable. They played together every. Single. Day. Whether on the playground or in an apartment, the two saw each other daily and were fast friends.

We moved in January of 2008 and the girls haven’t seen each other since. They don’t even speak on the phone much – just once or twice a year. So to make this clear, Maddie has not seen Naomi in FIVE YEARS.

But when I told Maddie Naomi was coming, her grin filled the whole house. She stood up from the table in disbelief, began giggling uncontrollably, and shouted, “No way. No WAY. NO WAY!!”

She’s very excited.

Maddie’s planned out the visit: she wants to show Naomi her library, her park, her favorite ice cream parlor, favorite museum – you name it, it’s on the list. Frankly, I can’t believe Maddie’s this excited over a girl she hasn’t seen since she was two years old, but I’m not trying to explain it.

I’m just along to enjoy the ride.

We’re headed to the airport this afternoon. Listen carefully across America – you’ll hear the happy shriek of two reunited friends.


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