Prairie Barbie

Prairie momma, modern homesteader, blogger, advocate for rural living.  Making life as beautiful as possible.

Old Friends

What would we do without our friends?  The lifelong, love ya no-matter-how-much-dirt-they have-on-you, friends.  I am blessed in that department.

I want y'all to meet one of my biggest fans and major supporter of my writing.  Brace yourselves....


This is Larry Braun.  He's a crusty old redneck and is one of my best friends.  He and his lovely wife have put up with me for nearly 20 years.

They loved me back when I had no sense of style and really nerdy glasses. They loved me when I was an uptight "yankee" from Seattle that couldn't dance. They have been my friends long enough to remember when I still had red hair....


Houston, TX 1999

Houston, TX 1999


During the time I spent in south east Texas.  My old friend and this rowdy bunch became like family.  Yes, we were a little crazy. We were young.  We were all broke most of the time.  But life was simple and we were having the time of our lives. I will never, as long as I live, forget the guys catching armadillos just so I could see one up close and building a pond to keep the live bait in the front yard. When I close my eyes, I can still smell the honeysuckle vines at the house on Faber Road.... 

Houston, TX 1997

Houston, TX 1997

Now, all these years later, my old friend remains a steady source of encouragement.  He has always been the one to say, "You got a book in you, Red. I know it!" Or, "Go write me a story!"

Often the friends we make when we're young, drift off into their own, "grown-up" lives.  We get busy with our families and obligations.  But sometimes.... we get the astounding privilege to watch each other get gray hair, or maybe even loose it.  A precious few are there for us in all stages of our lives. I am honored and humbled to have friends like that. 

If you've got friends such as this, take a moment.  Count your blessings.  It's the relationships we have in this life that make us rich.  So call up your oldest friend and say, "Hi! How are ya?!"  You know it's been too long....


Now go make something beautiful,




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