Golden Threads In The Tapestry Of Our Lives


I’ve said it often: I’m a lucky gal.

Among the many, many blessings in my life are my friends.

I once heard someone describe friends as the golden threads in the tapestry of our lives. I love that.

My pal, Ellie, and her husband Archie traveled to visit us for the weekend. We were able to get together with our sweet friend, Therese, her fabulous husband and dear Clare. All golden threads in the tapestry of my life.

Over Easter brunch, Ellie and I reminisced about how we first met.

I hope you will indulge me as I revisit that story…

Camp Beenadeewin postcard

Camp Beenadeewin postcard via Ebay.


It all started at Camp Beenadewin during the summer after my 8th-grade year.

That summer, while my sister and I were at camp in Vermont, our family moved from Connecticut to Florida. I would be starting 9th grade at a new school, in a new home, in a new city.

On the last day of camp, everyone scurried about collecting addresses so that we could stay in touch with the girls with whom we had bonded over the eight weeks time.  (Obviously, this was WAY before email was even a concept.)  I had memorized my future Florida address and passed it along to my new BFFs.

One girl, Janet, upon seeing my address, casually mentioned that she knew someone whom she thought lived in that very same city in Florida.

Janet gave me the girl’s name, although we were both quite sure I would never run across her.

What were the chances in a city with a population of over 200,000?  Janet wasn’t even sure if it was the same city.  Plus, I would be going to a tiny, all-girls, Catholic high school rather than one of the half-dozen giant, public high schools at which my odds of coming across this needle in a haystack would be slightly better.

Well, I bet you know where this story is going.  On my very first day of school, in my very first class, sitting – I am not kidding you – RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME (!!!!!!) was the girl that Janet knew.

My friend, Ellie.

We couldn’t have been more different – I was super shy, she was (and is) a fabulously fun, outgoing, life-of-the-party kind of gal. But fortunately, something clicked between us and we have been dear friends for over 40 years.

Whether it was serendipity or fate, Ellie and I will never forget Janet’s part in bringing us together.

Friends are the golden threads in the tapestry of our lives

I am so grateful for all of the loving and beautiful golden threads in my life.

Has serendipity or fate ever played a part in your friendships?

Does anyone know Janet Espinoza? I’d love to thank her.


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  1. That is amazing!!!! Love it so much! The week before I moved to Fairhope, I saw a picture of a house in Southern Living Magazine of a little red-headed girl about the same age as my red-headed son. Well, since our town is small, it’s not as good a story as yours, but yes, we met the little girl and she and my son became good friends and went from Kindergarten all the way through High School together. But I still think your story wins!

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  2. What are the odds…love this post. Friends are indeed the golden threads. Have a great day!
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  3. Lovely story – I just love how fate and serendipity work to give us what we need. I always think these kind of stories are a wink from above 🙂
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  4. How crazy…but what a great story! Hope you are having a great week, Mo! xoxo
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  5. Mo… I remember you telling us that story after our 3rd (?) glass of wine in SLC. Fate and the blogworld have played big roles in new friendships – like you!! Have a great week.

  6. God-wink, coiwinky-dink, whatever you want to call it, that’s awesome. I moved across country 3 times while growing up. I feel closer to you knowing we went through that same bottle of emotions!
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  7. The longer I live, the less I believe in coincidence. Serendipity? Yes. Wonderful thread that has remained woven in the tapestry of your life, Mo.
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  8. Kathy L. says:

    I love “small world” stories!
    My daughter attended overnight camp in VT for six summers, and she always says that it was one her best life experiences.
    I like to buy old (unused) postcards on ebay and etsy and use them as note cards.

  9. What a great memory — what a present blessing! I got nothing to top it! Thanks for sharing (and nudging some memories of my own over best friends from long ago, some of whom I still connect with even today!!)
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    • As the saying goes, “It takes a long time to grow old friends.” It’s interesting, isn’t it, to think about those friends whom we have known through many phases in our lives. I’m sure a different person than I was freshman year in high school yet Ellie and I remain so close. I guess we “grew up” together!
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  10. There ARE no coincidences, are there?

  11. OH I’m jealous. I went on a wine tasting event in CA when I met my bio mom and 1/2 bio sister there and it was a blast. I really like wine but (please let’s still be friends) I’m not “good” at wine. I’m just as happy with the kind that comes in a box (I KNOW – GROSS).
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  12. Love this story. Dear and special friends truly are what make up the tapestry of life…of a wonderful life!

  13. such a cute story!
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  14. I love friendship stories! I don’t have any friendships that go back that far, but I do cherish all the ones I do have. Exception – my sister is my oldest and dearest friend, and if she ever moves away I may just have to follow her.
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    • I feel truly blessed to still have two of my high school friends as very important people in my life. Considering the fact that we went to school in Florida then dispersed all across the country after college, it’s pretty amazing! I wish we lived closer but we make it work!
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