On Friendship

Proust Quote We gathered yesterday to celebrate the good news of our friend who is expecting her first child later this year.  There were five of us, all one-time teaching colleagues and long time friends, seated around a beautifully set table laden with delicious salads fresh from gardens and made with love.

As I sat there, listening as each of us took turns in sharing family news, I thought of how lucky I am.

How lucky to have this circle of friends, whom though I many not see often still hold a place in my heart.  Friends who when we get together just pick up where we left off, sharing news, books we've read, recipes we love.  Friends who are always ready to celebrate good news and provide comfort in times of need.

Yesterday was a day of rejoicing.

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I often think about the nature of friendships.  The ebb and flow.  How some people come into your life and stay for always, how others are there for only a short time.  I am grateful for every friend who has left their mark on my heart.

This past week I had dinner with a new friend, and it was one of those magical occasions when you discover that you share much in common with one another.  We laughed, we shared, we drank wine.  We played hooky from where we were supposed to be felt not one bit guilty about it.  I love making new friends, don't you?  Discovering a kindred spirit is one of life's great joys.

I have so many kindred spirits in my life.  Friends who have known me since childhood, since the early years of marriage and motherhood, from my days as a teacher, from my chorus, and now even from blogging and social networks.  For someone who found the landscape of friendship so difficult and foreign to navigate as a child and a teen (never realizing that others felt equally awkward and unsure), to now have such a bounty of friends is a true blessing, one that I give thanks for daily.

To each friend I say, thank you.

::for accepting me for who I am (as Anne of Green Gables used to say, 'warts and all')

::for the joy our time together brings me

::for being there during both good times and bad

::for sharing your wisdom, your strength, your laughter with me

::for being you.

Sharing with Becca.