Well, it seems as though my life is in a memory mode. I guess when you are under the weather...it allows time to trickle through your brain and sometimes backwards. I love looking back. It helps me to see where I am going and who helped me along the way. God, family and friends are the most important things in our lives. As for the good, bad or indifferent...I would not trade any of it because each moment taught me such valuable lessons. Each person has granted me moments to remember. Some are good and some are bad, but without them....how can I have learned or moved forward? Today my word for the days is FRIEND. What is a FRIEND? Sometimes we have very best FRIENDS and don't really know everything about them. They sometimes hide the parts of their lives that they are afraid to reveal, ashamed of, or are too hard to share. I have been friends with Susan my whole life...all 58 years....our mothers were FRIENDS, our grandmothers were FRIENDS....that a whole lot of friendship going on! Well, we lived 2 doors away from each other..did everything day by day with each other...She was fortunate to have had siblings...I was an only child. I was so happy to have Susan in my life. Sometimes we played at her house and sometimes we played at mine. I loved playing there and she loved playing at my house. She thought my house was fun because there were no siblings there..and I had a bevy of toys. I loved it more at her house because she had family. Mother, father, brothers, sisters and most of all a closet that we could play in! A closet?? I know you are wondering. I guess the actress was always in me! We would get to go in the closet...there was only a curtain there...no door and make up things to do for her family. Her parents and siblings would sit in the living room and watched as we would sing, dance, put on a puppet show. I Loved every minute of it. Of course at my house there were toys galore. I was a spoiled child. My mother and father were divorced, and my mother wanted to make it up to me by giving me everything under God's green earth...that is of course, which meant she worked all the time and I hardly got to see her. Boy, I wished she would have know how I could have done without the toys and wanted a closet without a door more! Anyway....45 or so years later, Susan and I were strolling down memory lane looking through my photo albums and she stopped me on a page where my beautiful bedroom was captured. She looked at it and then looked at me and asked me why there was plastic covering my bed and all the stuffed animals. I told her the truth. THAT bedroom was only for show. It didn't get uncovered unless a FRIEND was over. My real bedroom was downstairs with Grandma and Grandpa...the upstairs bedroom was when company came! She was blown away! A piece of her best FRIEND uncovered...no pun intended! She then shared with me how she used to get upset with me at times for not wanting to share my toy that day, and would go home and at night complain to her mother about all the things I had and she didn't. Her mother would set her straight and explain to her all the things she was fortunate to have that I didn't, like siblings and parents. She shared that then she would cry because she felt sad for me. Imagine....best FRIENDS....who had 45 years of a secret. I am so greatful to say that we are still FRIENDS. And what a great time we have when we get together to share our lives, both past and present.
There are so many types of FRIENDS that we have the opportunity to have had in our lives. Some may come, some may go, but their friendship always stays with us.
Think about those moments in life when you were blessed with a FRIEND. Maybe they are still there, maybe they have traveled on. No matter what the circustance is...you were blessed to have had them in your life.
Quote for the day:
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus