Day 41 ~ The Gift of Friendship

Many of my friends live in other states – and other countries.
 
It’s always a gift when I get to spend time with the people who matter the  most to me. Today I got to share lunch and conversation with one of my dearest friends and it absolutely made my day.
 
We were talking about the power of unconditional love; how it can transform you and anything you’re going through.  We agreed that it gives you armor and a parachute and a soft landing in the diciest of circumstances. We both considered ourselves lucky to have it with each other.
 
Today I celebrated the gift of having  someone I love live close enough to call me up in the morning and then share lunch with me a few hours later. Mostly I make my lunch appointments weeks in advance, since all of my local friends and colleagues are juggling calendars and multiple roles, just like I am.
 
If you stay in the place where you grew up and all of your family and friends live close by, you might take this for granted; I’ve started over so many times and left so many friends behind, that I never expect a lunch like this without deliberate planning. To have it appear on my doorstep was a gift beyond compare.
 
Just think what the world would be like if everyone had a really good friend who lived close by.

2 Responses to “Day 41 ~ The Gift of Friendship”

  1. I truly related to your blog. The last line resonated with me. “Just think what the world would be like if everyone had a really good friend who lived close by.”

    Fifty-four (yikes!) years ago I was a Freshman at Marymount High School in Garfield Heights, OH. Fifty -four years ago, I met two young women in my class who became my dearest, closest friends.

    My husband also had two very close, great high school friends. The six of us were lucky enough to pair off and find our true loves.

    Fifty-four years later these dear wonderful friends are one of the greatest treasures in our lives.

    Our grown children many of whom now have grown children of their own, have through their growing years and even now still call these dear friends, aunt and uncle. They think of our friend’s children as their “cousins.”

    We are godparents to each other’s children.

    The six of us have all been there for each other throughout the last fifty-four years. The courtship years, weddings, children’s births, baptisms, birthdays, graduations, holidays, vacations (yes, vacations), get-away weekends, parents illnesses and deaths.

    Four of us were there when one of the husbands passed away nearly twenty-five years ago at forty-six of a heart attack.

    The night my mom passed away, we got home from the hospital after 10:30 p.m. and within 15 minutes our friends were at our home to help us through that painful night.

    We all live in Seven Hills. We all live within five to ten minutes of each other.

    When the widow in our little group had surgery in January, we were at the hospital to spend time with her children waiting for the surgery to be completed. When she came home, we were there with food, company, comfort and laughter.

    We have shared life and we have shared death. We have shared laughter and we have shared tears. The six now the five of us are immensely blessed to have each other for the passed fifty-four years.

    Friends truly are the family you choose for yourself.

    We love each other dearly!!

    • Dear Mary,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! What a gorgeous testimonial to the power of friendship. You left me with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart ~ what a simply gorgeous way to start my day!!

      Thank you, with all of my heart, for your generosity.

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