“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
I love C.S. Lewis for a number of reasons, but today, this quote is especially relevant. A couple of months ago I met a new friend at a GSO concert. She sings with a group that the joined the Chamber Choir for our spring concert, and will go with a number from our group on tour to Spain in the fall. (No, I will not be part of the tour group--as much as I would love to be there!)
Anyway, we connected somehow at one of the rehearsals. I heckled her; she returned the favor. All in good fun. It could have one of those situations where two people connect briefly, and then move on. We don't move in the same circles (except musically) and it's unlikely we would bump into each other at the grocery store. She is a transplant from Long Island; I am from California. I am fair and she is dark. I am always busy; she knows how to relax. In spite of our apparent differences, we had a good time together, sharing a dry sense of humor, a deep faith, and a love for music. Enough for a friendship? Certainly. Would we follow up after the concert? As it turns out, yes!
Today we shared lunch and more than two hours of sweet fellowship. We had plenty to talk about-both serious and silly. We determined that we are kindred spirits on many levels: faith, race, education, raising children...and any number of things. It was as Lewis said: "What? You too?" Great fun, great connectivity, and a new great friendship to nurture.