Sharing my slice of life (#sol14) over at Two Writing Teachers.
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Every Saturday I get the opportunity to celebrate the week over at Ruth Ayres' blog,
Today's post is where worlds are colliding. It's the beginning of the month long Slice of Life Challenge AND it's Celebration Saturday...here goes:
My friends are the best. I mean it. The best. This week, I've noticed how my friends have impacted the person I've become.
I believe the word friend has changed. "Facebook friend" has watered down the meaning of the word. That's not what I'm talking about, those are acquaintances...people who knew me once or for a bit.
I'm talking about these friends...
The friends you call when you need a hug or an inspiring word or a drink
The friends you share your deepest secrets with because you know they'll love you anyway
The friends who just get you...even better than you may "get" yourself
The ones who show up before you know you need them
The advice they give because they know you need to hear it, even if you don't want to hear it
The laughing until you can't breathe
The crying until the tears are gone
The hugs that say everything will be okay, when you don't see how it can be okay
I remember growing up and hearing my parents say that you're lucky if you have one or two good friends. I remember hearing the message...it's not about the number of friends you have, it's deeper than that.
There are a handful of people...women...who fit this bill for me. I believe they know who they are. They've seen me at my worst and forgiven my blunders. They've loved me through tragedy and loneliness and loss. They've asked for my advice and treasured my words. They've shown me that I am worthy...just as I am.
I am grateful.
Here are some examples of love shown by my friends this week...
* phone calls checking in
* impromptu dinner out with my friend treating me
* supportive talks during hard times
* amazing and encouraging support...
P.S. I can't go today without remembering my Dad. Seven years ago today he died and left a huge dad-sized hole in my life. I miss him everyday. He inspired me and taught me so much. I wrote about him yesterday...
Love you Dad!!!