Friendship and Enchanted Rocks

“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” ~ M. Scott Peck

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There’s nothing quite as magical as a new friendship.  Be it through a hobby, lifestyle similarities, a child’s play buddy, a neighbor, a grocery store clerk — just about any little old thing can set the stage for match-making.  My most endearing friendships have sparked spontaneously, with little work and effort put in on my part.  Those lasting connections just…happen.

My dearest friend in life is one I never would have chosen for a mate, yet somehow it’s our whole selves that complement one quite another nicely.  Twenty years of friendship has certainly seen its ups and downs — mostly ups, thankfully.  Early on, while only friends, there was an unshakable feeling that our friendship would be for life, even if we wound up married to other people.  That’s not the way it ended up, of course, and after a string of on’s and off’s — including a months-long romance that spanned 2,000 miles — Scott and I happily settled into something akin to a wonderful, comfortable pair of old shoes.  Keaton-and-Allen style.

The best of friends can be counted on my fingers alone.  These are people who, for one reason or another, get to share a deeper, more lasting connection with me, through all of my changes, whatever they may be.  And I have gone through so many changes.  With them, it just feels good to be in my own skin, never guarded, and they get to enjoy my whole self, not just the watered-down version everyone else gets.  These friends really “get” me.

Meet Bob.

Bob and Me
Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Last month, after knowing each other for nearly a year, and more recently, in nearly daily contactwe felt it was about dang’d time for our families to meet.  Enchanted Rock in Texas seemed the fitting place for these most unusual friends.  A local brewery set the stage for our meeting, and we sealed our friendship with a cold draft from the tap.

True friendships transcend any social boundary.  Gender, age, race, physical distance — none of them matter when two people are meant for each other.  We can learn much from those who are most not like ourselves, ones we might barely get along with if living under the same roof.  I guess in a sense, opposites attract.

What about the rock?  There are two.

The big rock is what we climbed.  While the boys and I made the hike to the top of the pluton formation of pink granite for which the park is named, Bob and his wife, Ann, hung back in the wooded areas around the base for some birding opportunities and to play with his new camera.

The Boys Explore a Scale Model
The Boys Explore a Scale Model
Scaling the Granite
Scaling the Granite
A Lone Yucca in the Landscape
A Lone Yucca in the Landscape
Peek-a-Boo
Peek-a-Boo
Oasis on a Rock
Oasis on a Rock
Boots On A Fence (Courtesy of:  Bob Zeller)
Boots On A Fence
(Courtesy of: Bob Zeller)
Grasses Find a Foothold
Grasses Find a Foothold

As for the little rock, I keep that one in my pocket to remind me how precious friendship is.  With each delicate touch of my finger tips, it brings to mind all the friends I’ve made over the decades, the ones who have come and gone from my life, each at just the right time, in perfectly the right place.  Enchanting, all.   Collectively, they make me who I am today.

My Petrified Wood Tree Rock from Bob
My Petrified Wood Tree Rock from Bob

As for Bob and Shannon?  That is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

13 thoughts on “Friendship and Enchanted Rocks

  1. What a beautiful post Shannon! And your friends are fortunate to have met you – you’re such a cool chica! And please tell Bob that I love the photo of the boots on the fence – it’s striking! Celeste 🙂

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    1. Thank you for that! (Especially for calling me “chica.”. 🙂 )I feel that I’m luckier still to have THEM (uh, YOU). New friendships are what makes the world go ’round. And yes, that boots shot…I simply had to have it. What a clever way to repurpose — scratches my Trash Nazi itch.

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  2. Thanks for posting that picture of the boots on the fence, Shannon. It was raining lightly at the time, so I was in a hurry to get back in the car. As you know, cameras and rain do not mix well. 🙂

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    1. I had to post it! When it didn’t end up as one of your “Tweeties,” it seemed fitting to place it with my landscapes and scalies, which is what I like to photograph. At least one commenter agreed it was a good fit. Cheers!

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    1. No doubt. And thanks for saying so. The joy from making new friends takes the sting out of losing old ones, though they are no less important in the grand scheme of things.

      The timing of your post (http://theusualbliss.com/2013/06/17/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do/) gave me both goosebumps and a healthy perspective. Bob did the dutiful and unknowing task of keeping me distracted from that horrible what-if’ing. I may never know the reasons why this person opted out without so much as a goodbye, but that’s okay. Friends come, friends go. It’s the ones that stay that count!

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      1. I’m glad that you found something in that article that worked for you. For me, this has been one of those lessons that I’ll probably look back on and realize “that’s life.”

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  3. Shannon, thank you so much for that tribute. For the benefit of your readers, that little rock in the above photo, I paid 50 cents to buy it for you. What an investment, as it is now priceless in my eyes. Ann and I are so blessed to be part of your family, and to welcome you into ours. No doubt, ours will be an everlasting friendship, and we look forward to many more of these meetings.

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    1. Here here, Bob! It’s certainly been a blast so far. And we’re only just getting this party started up. The best is yet to come.

      Now the post is written, I just need to get my bird photos all framed up and hanging on my walls for all to enjoy. It’ll be first on my list when we get back into the house. Sheesh. Can’t believe I got them more than six months ago. I guess I’ve been a little busy!

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