You don’t really know who’s in your corner until you’re down for the count.
Most of us have lots of “friends”. We have casual friends and Facebook friends and we toss the word friend around when we really mean acquaintance. But a real, true friend calls when you need them even when they don’t know what to say. They just want to show they care. In my recent case, they’ll listen to every excruciating detail about, say, one’s liver troubles. They send flowers, they bake cupcakes, they call just because, they offer words of encouragement, they bring good bacteria in tiny capsules to repopulate my intestinal tract! They do SOMETHING. That’s what a friend does.
My friends got me through the hospital experience. (Not to diminish the importance of my Mom, Dad and brother, who were awesome but are almost contractually obligated to be that way!) You know who you are and I love you to pieces. My best friend of all, my husband, was a rock upon which I leaned when I felt hopeless – and I did briefly lose hope. He never did and he wouldn’t hear of me giving up on myself. As I got better, he brought picnic dinners which we ate in the cafeteria and he kept me laughing even when I thought my sense of humour was gone for good. My memories of my 2 weeks in hospital are all jumbled up because of a cocktail of drugs and a whirlwind of testing and doctor visits. But I remember my friends and how very lucky I am to have them. I’m truly blessed.
3 thoughts on “Thank You for Being a Friend (with apologies to the Golden Girls)”
A true friend is an interesting creature and often one who you least expect it to be, right up to the point where the going gets tuff and they step up to the plate. As the old saying goes, “when the going gets tuff, the tuff get going”, and the ones you anticipate will be there for you are often absent.
Or `A friend will help you move. A true friend will help you move a body.’
Woah. Woah, woah, woah. I just tuned in after weeks away from your blog and find out you have been very ill. All the best, Lisa. Sending positive vibes, Reiki healing and all that crap your way.
Signed, your faithful reader since the 680news days.
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