The Gift of Friendship

“It takes many friendships to make a life. Our friends bring out the best of our being. Through friendships we can realize the highest that is in us- “
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My daughter and I just saw Mamma Mia. Fun music, beautiful Greek island, amusing characters. What I especially enjoyed was the reuniting of dear friends. It mattered not whether it was friends of a few years or of many decades. This movie accentuated something I’ve been focusing on, with some intensity for awhile now, Friendship.

All the shapes, sizes and colors that friendships come in. They are as unique as the people in them. What friendship brings into our lives. Great conversations, shared memories. How rich my life is because of friends.

Friends share our joys and trials, they support us, they nudge us along when we need it. Or even give us that loving kick in the pants. Those people who love us with all our crazy quirks, who tells us we have spinach in our teeth, those friends who help us to not take ourselves so seriously. Those who never let us forget how to have fun.

As children we make friends instantly. A shared glance and we’ve spent the day together and we have a new best friend.

“We have been friends together,
In sunshine and in shade;
Since first beneath the chestnut-trees
In infancy we played.”

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

As teenagers we have all had, or are having, defining moments with friends, coming of age moments, that still bring a smile to our faces. Remembering a friend can warm our heart. Some things just don’t seem real until we’ve told our friend.

Now tell me…..

How has friendship touched your life? Tell me about that friend that makes you laugh ’til you cry. The one that knows you as well as you know yourself. Or the one you just met and you have an instant connection. This is an opportunity to acknowledge our friends for who they are in our lives.

“To me fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still.”

William Shakespeare

I’ll start…
To ‘RBB’, we haven’t known each other long, but you truly bring out the best in me and you always make me laugh.

Hugs Penny

Excerpts from Friendship, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have been Friends Together, by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
Sonnet 104, by William Shakespeare

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