The Joy of Youth

May 27th


Hannah and I met when we were working at a bakery together last summer. At just 18, boy did this girl have a lot to teach me. Our friendship bloomed over watching muffins rise and fall in a faulty oven, scrubbing public toilets and trying to find the humor our otherwise exhausting situation. Thankfully, handfuls of generous tourists — mostly foreign — kept us in stitches, between making lattes and sandwiches, with their stories and observations of American life.

Working at that bakery taught me a bucketful about humanity. And that I never want to have to clean public toilets for an hourly wage again. Ever.

Hannah wisely began college last fall at a prestigious university. We kept in touch via email, with the occasional dinner when possible. As an only child, her eyes were wide open to campus life.

As an oldest child and the first to head off to college, oh — how I could relate. What’s resulted is a sweet friendship, never mind the decade-plus in between. A friendship I simply cherish. I find myself leaving our dinners thinking about the wisdom she’s shared. Her world view. Her faith. Her smarts.

A new friendship I very much cherish. Lucky to have Hannah in my life.


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  1. Hannah Blum May 27, 2012

    What a beautiful, loving, wonderful friend! Truly, your friendship is such a sweet blessing. You are so wise and encouraging – I cannot tell you how positively you have impacted my life. I am so excited to continue getting to know you! Now it’s my turn – dinner, dessert, girls’ night! THE BEST! 🙂

  2. Makes me want to know her!

  3. This is very sweet. I, too, have a similar friend with a decade between us. I find that we have a lot to teach other and much to share – a friendship very different from others. Blessed to have this friend in my life as I think the wisdom of youth is a precious thing! Lucky are we to have friends of all ages….. 🙂

  4. Some of my favorite friendships are the “uncommon” ones; people way older or way younger than me. You are a good friend. 🙂