"Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born"
Here I am once again with my own self; everything feels like it’s in slow motion. I move slowly through the scenes of my everyday life as if I was in a movie. Going back to the quiet space where my thoughts become words is like coming home from a long trip, my words are trying to find their space again, they don’t know exactly what to say but they are comfortable. They are home. They can be themselves. They are safe.
Three weeks ago my good friends Mari and Caro M. came to visit me from Argentina. We met when we were thirteen back in 93’ and since then our friendship has been changing and evolving. At the beginning Caro planned the trip alone and later on, Mari and her family joined the planning of this reuniting journey and we spent two weeks together in my grounds, in my bilingual world, in my little utopia.
It’s the first time they come to visit me in Miami in the twelve years I’ve been living here. Since I left my home in Vernet Ave. in Buenos Aires they haven’t been to my home. It’s been a long time since I invited, hosted and opened the doors for them.
There are magical moments in friendship where the giving and the receiving sit down for tea, where there’s the one that steeps the tea and creates space and the other one sits back and welcomes the delight. Both parts are highly gratifying especially when they are balanced.
My friend's visit was a much needed and waited for reunion. A reunion with different backdrops: palm trees and the turquoise Miami ocean and movie skyscrapers in New York. A reunion that shocked my emotions and put my feelings in the front row of the roller coaster.
It was definitely a body and soul reunion. My body went through so much in just two weeks. Extreme heat, intense walking, a long lasting cold, an irregular period, long drives, adrenaline rushes, bad eating habits, excesses.
My soul was renewed and received so many gifts. Loving hugs, loud laughter, tears that purified and bonded, conversations and understandings, revelations and acceptance.
We showed up. We circled. We added color to our lives. We remembered. We renewed our promise.
They left a week ago and it has been hard to come back to earth, to my day to day life. I’m still floating in the joy of the shared moments with my friends. The memories will stay with me forever living in the new world inside of me that our friendship created.