Beast fiends that don’t amount to a bill of heans

Doesn’t Mrs. Lemon have the most beautiful smile??

No, I haven’t lost my mind 🙂  I have a dear friend, Mrs. Lemon (check out her blog on the right hand side, she will alternately make you laugh and push you to think.  She’s good!).  Anyway, Mrs. Lemon and I met when we went to the same college in Saint Louis, MO.  We were freshman together and she lived down the hall and around the corner.  Perfect distance for two lonely souls a little out of their league in a new city.  Our second year, Mrs. Lemon and I moved to a different dorm and lived in side-by-side rooms.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many of my memories include Mrs. Lemon.  We were, and still are, kindred spirits, despite many miles between us.  Mrs. Lemon and I actually haven’t seen each other in person since May 1999.  It is one of my goals in life to see her again in “real life”, but until then I am so glad for Facebook, blogs, texting, email and excellent long-distance plans.  Mrs. Lemon is actually the person who has encouraged me to blog over and over, and I finally took her advice 🙂

pre-Mrs. Lemon (L) & pre-Mrs. Pilot (R), circa 1997 ... let's not discuss the 90's hair and clothes, okay?

Anyway, I have been going through files from my old computer and I came across a Word document containing journalling for a mini scrapbook that I had plans to make for her.  Too often we wait until it is too late to let our loved and cherished friends know how we feel about them.  I have no idea when the scrapbook will ever get made, so I wanted to share the journalling that I have planned for her.  Our friendship is a testament to the fact that there truly are friends out there that will be lasting friendship, despite many challenges.  And I want to thank you Mrs. Lemon for being such a big part of my life.  You DO amount to more than a bill of heans and I hope that we will always be beast fiends!  Love ya 🙂

So studious!

 “Friends make memories … the heart preserves them.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for all the wild memories – milk & noses do not mix, cookie dough helps you study, breadsticks really can feed you, and so, so many more!

“Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand how someone feels.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for encouraging me to step outside my homesickness and shyness to become friends with you – if it weren’t for you, I’d probably still be shy!

“How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for being an unexpected blessing from my decision to move to Saint Louis – you truly were a blessing!  And for continuing to be a friend, no matter how far we both have moved.

“A friend is one who understands our faults, yet finds our virtues!”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for loving me in spite of myself!  And for teaching me, through your friendship, to love myself – the good and the bad!

My word, we were young!

“A friend laughs with you, but a best friend cries with you.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for not being a “fair weather” friend.  Thank you for the memories of laughter and also for the memories of tears shared.  Thank you, my dear “beast fiend”!

“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for melted peanut butter M&M’s to brighten up my summer, calls in Illinois when I thought, inside, that I was at the end of my rope, and Downey Ball wedding bells to brighten a lonely day in New York.  I am glad that our friendship has survived everything that 13 years has sent it.

“A good book is like an old friend.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for becoming an old friend – the more you read good books, the better they become, and the more I know you, the more cherished you become to me.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.”

Thank you Mrs. Lemon for leaving footprints on my heart.

One of the last times we were together in person, and one of my all-time favorite pictures!

Let someone you love truly know how you feel about them.  Don’t waste time waiting for the “perfect time”.  We all want to know that we are loved, by someone.

 *  Since I am awful at remembering where I get things, I have no idea who to credit with these quotes.  All I know is that they were all written by bright, insightful people.

7 thoughts on “Beast fiends that don’t amount to a bill of heans

  1. Good memories of the two of you indeed!! You were both bright spots in my college years there as well:0) *HUG!! If we don’t see eachother outside of Facebook in this lifetime I’m gonna ask God to put all our mansions together on the same street!

  2. Mrs. Pilot! I love this post and all the pics that I thought were lost to Mrs. Lemon’s “filing system”! You two will eventually see each other again in person, (especially if you attend the music conference in, previously mentioned, St Louis this spring). I’m sitting on the children so She and Mr. Lemon can attend.

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