They are a blur of hot pink and sequins,
Releasing a high pitched shriek as they run to meet each other, as if yesterday was a decade ago.
Linked arms and happy smiles and matching BFF necklaces,
The two 6th grade girls wait in line for me to register them.
I have been helping at our church’s Middle School Camp each morning this week.
They head into the gym and then I notice the tiny girl in braids just a footstep behind them.
She whispers her last name…
And it comes out as almost a question.
I give her a name tag and direct her towards the entrance.
But I can’t help myself from following for a few steps,
And I pause to see what becomes of her in the buzzing chaos of flying volleyballs and cheering 6th-8th graders.
She folds herself into a corner,
Her grey jacket sleeves pulled down several inches below her fingers.
Though it’s supposed to be hot today,
I’m pretty sure she won’t be taking off that jacket any time soon.
And then something wonderful happens.
I see a young girl I know.
She’s a regular and her eyes carefully trace the outline of the gym.
They come to rest on the girl in the grey jacket.
The space between them closes quickly, an invitation to join is issued,
And within a few minutes my little friend with braids is sitting and smiling in a sea of bobbing middle schoolers.
Her jacket is tied around her waist.
Oh how we all long for friendship.
And we may hide it better as adults, but God gives us a deep desire for connection,
Today I’m over at The Better Mom sharing about–
10 Ways to Grow a Friendship.
Would love to have you join me over there…