JoAnn made me laugh
I could open the door and see her
standing there and I’d crack up.
We both would. We had that effect
on each other. We got thrown out
of places for laughing, like the court
house in Tampa or a department store.
We weren’t young women, we knew
better, but she said the funniest things.
We laughed mostly at ourselves. Our kids
were the same age, we had the same values,
our husbands even liked each other. We
talked each other through pits and falls,
there was a deep bond beyond the laugher.
Each friendship I have made since then, I
compared to JoAnn and the fun we had.
The realization that there is no replacement
for our close friends was a long time coming.
I wasted a lot of years searching for another
JoAnn. I am right about one thing though,
everyone deserves a friend who makes them laugh.