Last night, just about every friend I have came over to the house and spent the evening with the soon-to-be-leaving Sebastians. Last night was not too un-like past get-togethers. Obviously, there was food, along with a healthy portion of frolic inside and out with the seemingly innumerable amount of kids that we all have. As always, there were few hurt feelings and a busted mouth or two from some roughery, but again…normal.
Though, as I settled down from the rush of keeping the cheese dip stirred, or the chip bowls stocked, or the fruit tray refilled, I began to think about the reason we were all there. Celebrating what was, and what is to come for the departers. It’s an answer to prayer that the Sebastian’s are fulfilling their desire’s to move to a more job-fruitful and family-rich area of the country. It’s a release for them as they’ve been on hold since they first had the desire to relocate. It’s a release for us (party goers) as we now don’t have to ask, if they’ve sold their house, or quit their jobs, or found a place to stay in FL. But as I stand there in-between telling Landon and Taylor to quite hitting each other and trying to have an adult conversation with other dads as we keep the littlest ones from getting crunched by the crowd, the thought that our close friends are moving away from us becomes more deafening the cry of the babies in the background; the roar of the TV as 5 people attempt to watch the finale of the Biggest Loser while 35 other dis-interested people try to conversate; the clunk of the back door as kids (and bugs) flow in and out like air in a servodrive subwoofer. You know when you’re in your car and your thoughts are so loud that you realize that you’ve driven 20 miles without even one peep from the radio? How deafening our thoughts can be is amazing. How fast my brain is toggling between the “remember when’s” and the “one time’s” and the “what will we do when’s” is amazing.
Friends like the Sebastians are hard to come by . They’re like the free DR. Pepper bottle caps in the 1990’s. You’d always hear about them, but you never could quite get your hands on one. Friends you hug tighter than a loved one. Friends you call and have nothing to talk about but spend 20 minutes on the phone. Friends you always want to be around cause they just make you feel betting about being you. These are the kinds of friends that all of us have had for the length of time we’ve been blessed to know the Sebastians.
From Numbers 6:24 - 26
I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you, and that he will
show you mercy and kindness. May the Lord be good to you
and give you peace.”