Last night I got to spend the evening with Kristine, a dear friend from college days and Jodi’s middle namesake. Kristine lives in Colorado now and we’re lucky if we get to see each other once or twice a year. But the thing I love about true friends, or kindred spirits as Anne Shirley would say, is that it never matters how long it’s been or what experiences you’ve had since you saw each other last; the friendship doesn’t suffer. It’s still familiar and fun to spend time together. Parting ways again is always bittersweet. You’re happy to have had even a short time together and sad to realize you’re not sure when that will happen again.
So today I am feeling a bit gloomy that Kristine doesn’t live right here in my town, and I’m kicking myself that I forgot to take any pictures last night. The one up to the left is of us in Colorado in July.
I know I’ve really enjoyed a great book or series when the ending is bittersweet. I’m happy to see the story complete, but I’m sad that the time with the characters is over. That’s why there are some books I like to read again and again to “hang out” with familiar characters. Some of my favorite series because of this are The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, and The Zion Covenant series by Brock and Bodie Thoene.
What are your favorite books and series because of characters you loved to spend time with?