I’ve been feeling a bit sentimental about friendships lately. Maybe it’s my age (52) and all the organic emotional upheaval that comes with it and hot flashes, maybe it’s my health issue which seems to be on a slow train but steadily picking up speed and then reversing so I never know where the next stop is going to be or for how long. I suppose it could be a whole host of things I don’t need to roll out here or it could be that I just happen to have fabulous friends. I mean, there are the bloggy ones who say things like:
- ” …(I) want to take you and Doug home with me and take care of you.”
- …or they send cards, custom-made pens, entire cd collections, hats, packages, Scripture, glitter bombs, jujubees, and Welsh dictionaries to each other and to me
- who keep me up on WWF and text messaging, despite my utter refusal to use most forms of social media
- Who send emails, guest posts, memes
- …or I put out the cry for help and they reply with a resounding ” YES!”
- Perhaps something positive happens after a long haul and what do I get? Happiness all around. People truly happy for me… sigh.
- People extend the love to my friends…like Doug for instance. or to my buddy who is new to this blogging thing and just wants to share some gorgeous photography.
- There are those, who despite my lack of persistence in keeping up with them, so graciously keep up with me! I can think of at least four or five! ***hangs head in shame***
Then there are people I know in real life. Old friends most, although it is funny how some I still think of as new because they are my newest old friends at 18 years. These friends will do things like say:
- ” You deserve a vacation. You need a vacation. Let us help you take a vacation. “
- or, they include me in their plans, “Hey I was thinking of doing a project… any interest?” or ” when can we do lunch?”
- These same friends drop hundreds of dollars on my desk or in the mail and while they are naive to think I will take it, they still do it in hopes I have lost all my scruples. They honestly want me to take them up on the offer…no payback necessary. (Please don’t lecture me in comments… not taking anyone’s money.)
- Friends who see me driving a tank four hours to and from Boston for medical appointments and offer me their car for the trip.
- Friends who have given me their old car.
- Friends who helped me through loss.
- Friends who take care of my very elderly dog and even let him sleep in their bed so he won’t be lonely .
- Friends who are willing to help me with end of life decisions, and are willing to live with my resolve despite how uncomfortable it may be for them.
- …and for all the little things… the laughs, the race for FRIST, the ability to meet outside the internet , soup when I don’t feel well, picking up my car if I end up hospitalized unexpectedly, giving me a ride to the mechanic, a mechanic who is willing to be bribed by gluten-free cooking, a shrink who is willing to judge my silly contests, a doctor who taught me to shoot skeet… I can go on forever…
I’m certain there are more reasons to be thankful for my friends, these are just a few… but all are worth mentioning. If you’re reading this, you fit in here somewhere, Thank you.
This is a video repost from last year. I hate to use a video only once… it’s more work than it’s worth so you may remember this but hey, you probably saw The Wizard of Oz at least twice and this is just as good… right?