I had to really think about this one. There are people that I miss, those who were in my life for a season, but aren't now. I miss my darling "nieces," but will get to rectify that this morning, when I get to visit them. (There may be pictures later!) Life has been so busy that I don't get to see them like I did, and that's hard.
But mostly, I miss a specific time in my life. I miss being in my freshman year of college. Looking back, that was such a golden time. I met some of the most amazing people, some of whom have shaped my life in ways that I never could have imagined. It's where I met my girls, after all! Honestly, I was terrified of Crystal when I met her. She sat in front of me in choir and she was loud and funny, and I was not back then. But it didn't take long for me to get know and love her! It was also during this time when Sheena (who I'd known previously), Crys, and I started to sing together a bit. And through Crys, I met David Michael, who was the first person to really challenge what I thought about God and so many other things and reconnected with Janna, one of the sweetest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the friends I made during that time in my life. There were musicals and Madrigals and concerts, and just plain fun. And while I'm sure it seemed like there were pressing issues in my life, the truth of the matter is that we had it pretty easy. It was wonderful!
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to go back there. I am a big fan of moving ahead and not looking back on another time in my life with great longing, because this time is pretty awesome! But I do miss the time when my greatest concerns were nailing a solo for the cantata and where we were going afterward. I miss a schedule wide open with time for friends, with few real responsibilities. And I will be forever thankful, because without that particular "then" I would be a completely different person in the now.