I have finally gotten around to reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. It's been sitting on my dresser for...I don't know, probably a year or so. Each time I am browsing through my stack, deciding what to read next, I pick it up, read the blurb on the back and think meh, not right now. Then the movie came out and I discovered that I really wanted to see it (which was strange given my lukewarm feelings for the book and my being not-so-much a fan of Julia Roberts.) Valerie and I went last weekend, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We laughed, we cried...it is a movie we will both watch again. And after this experience, I was inspired to read the book. I haven't finished it yet, but much of Liz's personal journey is resonating with me. Not her depression because I've never experienced that myself...but her scattered thoughts and insecurities and searching for inner peace and stillness...those things I know!
In the first part of the book, Liz goes to Rome. I adore reading anything that is in any way related to Italy, so my heart sung along with the rhythm of this section...the descriptions of place, culture, language...relationships. Of friendship, Liz writes:
"we just learned the other day that un'amica stretta means "a close friend." But stretta literally means tight, as in clothing, like a tight skirt. So a close friend, in Italian, is one that you can wear tightly, snug against your skin and that is what my little Swedish friend Sofie is becoming to me."
Oh what a beautiful and perfect expression to describe the intertwining of two souls in friendship...I am blessed to have un'amica stretta in my life, and for this, I am deeply and profoundly grateful!
Here is a "self-portrait" that Valerie snapped of us on one of our friend dates...sitting by the fire, talking for hours, indulging in much laughter and silliness...weaving yet another thread into our shared tapestry:
And one of my favourite photos of my beautiful friend, one I took of her playing her guitar one evening at the camper (before our campground neighbours drifted over to join our singalong!)