|butterfly companion on one of our walks|
She intimately describes her relationship with her close friend Caroline and their dogs. These two women, both writers and dog lovers, share long walks, phone conversations, vacations and so much more. It is touching to read about an enduring friendship. We live in a time where we are often rewarded for giving up the fight and not persevering. While reading the book, I was very moved by the story since I have an enduring friendship in my life. My dear friend Marcie and I have been walking on the Delaware and Raritan tow path for approximately 25 years.The D &R canal tow path extends from New Brunswick about 33 miles south to Stockton, NJ.
We originally began walking as young mothers. We had two toddlers that did not get along at all. Even at that young age, they would antagonize each other by hitting and yelling . Out of pure survival , we opted to walk by ourselves on the weekends instead of getting together as a family. This was an awesome decision.
We have walked thousands of miles during these years and seen the seasons change multiple times.We have walked in all kinds of weather although ice does slow as down as we get older. We also meet a variety of wildlife including herons, huge snapper and painted turtles, beavers, turkeys, muskrat and deer. Frequently, we choose who talks first as we begin our walk and the preference is given to one who has more urgent things to discuss. We have talked about everything from jobs and child raising to relationships and fairies. Over the years, I have had dogs that join us on our walking sojourns. Presently Pixie, my 9 year old golden retriever is our faithful companion. Some days , she will caution us to avoid walking along the tow path and we will switch to a walk somewhere else.
Because of our walks, we have had an enduring friendship that has helped us transcend personal disagreements, difficult family times, and health issues. We are blessed to have found a true friendship with each other.