By Nancy Coggins
September 27, 2006
Magic happens when these two share special, relaxing times. Christine appreciates time just hanging out with Sarah, chatting about their lives. There's no drama, just laid-back, unstructured get-togethers. When they meet, they spontaneously decide what they're going to do. Meeting for breakfast gives them plenty of time for movies or other activities such as a visit to the library.
Playing with Christine's two Chihuahua puppies on the baseball field is a joy for Sarah. She says, "The Chihuahuas keep barking at other dogs for 15 minutes, even after the others have long disappeared!"
Sarah's mother regards their special friendship as "almost like family." She says, "They spend quality time together, and, in Christine, Sarah has a friend who likes to be with her and in whom she can confide."
Christine relates, "One big event was when Sarah came to my 10th high school reunion, which was followed by a visit to my house to meet my family. Other fun get-togethers occurred over the 4th of July weekend when Sarah and I hung out a couple of times at my brother's to see his new baby girl. In our discussions, as soon as 'my' niece became 'our' niece, Sarah's mild interest about-faced into 'I've got to see 'my' niece!' "
After their first-year anniversary, a highlight was Sarah spending the night at Christine's. For their one-year celebration, Sarah had made an anniversary card, complete with heart picture, ribbons and a photo taken at their first meeting on the outside, and a party scene on the inside. That sleepover, they created lots of arts and crafts items, including a braided wreath. And Sarah made pencil and crayon drawings of turtles for Christine because they are her "favorites."
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