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Old Friends & New Beginnings

It’s been 7 years since I moved from California to New York.  It’s tough to maintain friendships when you’re 3000 miles away, but through the test of time, miles and bonds there’s the friendships that fade and those that last.

This weekend a dear friend came back to the city for a visit, Fran.  It was so great to see her!  She was one of my first friends in NY.  When I moved here I was totally a California girl.  Yep, totally!  Everyone would say, ‘you’re not from around here, are you?’ or ‘you look like you’re from CA.’  I don’t hear those comments too much anymore and I have to admit, I do miss it.  As a NYC newbie, Fran showed me how to experience the city and we absorbed it as single ladies.  Fun nights out, dinners, boutique browsing, cafes and enjoying early weekend shopping at the Young Designers Market (up and coming designers) in Soho, craving fashion on a budget!!  We were two spontaneous girls and up for anything.  Fun times to remember, for sure.

Now…I’m still living on the East Coast, married and a mom – Fran in a relationship living by the beach in So Cal.  Time has passed, a few miles were added, lives have become busy, yet here we are 7 years later having a girls’ lunch at Gina La Fornarina on the Upper West Side reminiscing and catching up – just like the old days.  And we could not have picked a more girlie spot to do it – decorated in pink and white, fresh flowers and tables filled with chatting ladies.    Only difference today – table for THREE ladies and make it snappy, we’re on a nap schedule!  We now have one New York little lady in the making.  Oh how I loved seeing my friend and daughter getting to know each other, bonding, and smiling together.  A new era with new memories to cherish.  Here’s a friendship in the making…

Getting to know each other on the streets of New York City…

Table for three ladies, please…and two cocktails and a milk, sir…


Frannie will you sit by me, please? :)   Friends indeed.  Special day!  Tugs at my heart…

Do you have friendships that have lasted or know will last through the winding, distant, sometimes bumpy, long roads of life?  Would love to hear about them.

Until next ride,


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  1. Cindy says:

    Love this post. Physical distance can damper friendship but so can life transitions. I’ve learned so much this past year about friendship, support and the capabilities or lack of capabilities of some friends to weather lifes transitions. So wonderful to see great friends sticking together despite distance and transitions! A true life long friendship indeed!

  2. How nice to get together after so many years. Friends that last through distance and the life goes on thing are the ones I cherish the most.

  3. Lourdes says:

    “It takes a long time to grow an old friend”. In four years Celeste will be the same age you and I were when we became friends. You are my oldest friend and I love that we have always kept in touch. I’m sure we’ll be friends forever. Now we talk about our children one day we’ll be talking about our grandchildren.

  4. Doug H. says:

    Great article! It is also quite true that distance and time will test friendships, but strong relationships will last. I only moved 300 miles versus 3000, to your old haunt, but the effect was nevertheless the same: some friends faded while others continued. All the while, new friends were-and are-made. Such is the cycle of life.

    • Amy Fechner says:

      Worded so well Doug! A lot of people related to this post. There’s so many changes throughout our lifespan and sometimes some of those friendships that faded come full circle later in life.

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