the beginning of the end

Dad2Amara and I are in for it.

Amara made her first phone call to a girlfriend this past weekend.

Dad2Amara could hardly believe it.

He said that call signified the beginning of the end.

The girls had exchanged phone numbers at school. And as soon as Amara arrived home, she grabbed the phone, dialed up her friend, and they chatted for what seemed to be an eternity.

"Whatcha doing?"

"Do you remember what Evan did at school?"

"What are you having for dinner?"

All elemetary questions.

But it proved that our baby was growing up. Quicker than we expected.

Next thing we know, she'll be asking for the keys to the car.

Or to borrow my debit card.

Yet I shouldn't be too surprised.

I remember my first best girlfriend. Her name was Molly.

My last name began with a J. Hers an H. So we inevitably were seated next to each other in Sister Seraphine's kindergarten class.

As luck would have it, Molly and I lived just a few streets away from each other. So we became seatmates on the school bus too.

And as Mom2Molly used to say, Molly picked up the phone that first day of school, and us girls had been talking ever since.

Through elementary school, Molly was my best friend. Late night phone calls. Sleepovers. Volleyball games. Dances. We did everything together.

I moved to a new town my eighth grade year. And sadly, I lost touch with Molly.

I often wonder what Molly is up to now.

I hear through the grapevine that she's married. No kids yet. I think she's living in another state too.

My memories of grade school at St. Mary's often include Molly. And it brings so much joy to my heart. And these thoughts always leave a smile on my face.

So Molly, if you're out there, I hope you're doing well.

And Amara, I hope that one of the phone calls you'll soon make brings you a Molly too.


  1. Oh wow - you're going to need a second phone line. Thank goodness for cell phones and call waiting. I remember tying up the phone line for hours! Have you tried to find Molly on FB?

  2. wow - just a year ago my phone calls with Amara consisted of "hi -you" and then a lot of silence and mumbling I couldnt understand b/c the phone was actually on her shoulder and not her mouth. She's growing up so fast.

  3. That is so cute!!! Little Bear has been bringing home notes that say things like "MI FON NOMBER CAL ME" and some little girl's number... but so far Little Bear refuses to do it!

  4. This is cute. Yeah, she is starting young..smiles. I hope Molly sees this blog and gets in contact with you.



  5. Awww... I remember last year when my Kara started talking on the phone with her little school friends. It was such a sweet feeling; she's growing up! I soon had to lay down the law because her little friends would call long after she was already in bed.
    Now she wants a cell phone!

  6. Well at least she sort of had conversation! My 12 year old son gets an occasional call from someone at school and I swear, it must be like watching paint dry for the caller! He has no interest in speaking over the phone...yet. :)

  7. How sweet!

    Have your tried to find Molly on Facebook? just a thought...

  8. My 11 year old son still doesn't call or get called on the phone hardly at all. Girls must be so much more social, I have 3 boys so I may not get to know that!

    I hope she's found that special lifelong friend. I still talk to my best friend from grade school. :)

  9. Hi all. Yes, I tried on FB to find Molly but no luck. I think we have a mutual friend that still has some kind of contact with her so I've been trying that avenue.

    It's amazing that I still think of a friendship from decades ago...

  10. sweet!

    I hope you find Molly. My elementary best friend is still amongst one of my best friends. So I can't imagine not knowing where and what she's doing now.

  11. Hope you can find Molly. I used to have a friend like Molly. Her name was Rose. I wonder what she's doing now...

    When my Kate got her first phone call, there was a lot of silence, not a lot of talking. It was kind of funny. I guess it comes more naturally to some! Now she talks and laughs and whispers and giggles. :)

  12. Hello? Is this on? Hope you all are doing well and enjoying spring.

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