Posted by: angelnorman | January 23, 2009

FAV: Friend Edition (ha)

Sometimes in our lives, there are times when the the thing we need the most are our friends, other females who can rally around us and stand beside us through anything. Whether it be for advice regarding feminine health issues, for recommendations of pediatricians or what movie to see on date night, for babysitting emergencies, for phone calls that lift your spirits, or for info on the best and worst schools in your area, a time will come when you will need the female friends in your life. A time will also emerge when you realize that without your friends, you would be in a world of hurt. If you’re really lucky, you’ll realize it often. Every day.

I am lucky enough to have some of the best friends a girl could ever find. I have a couple of girlfriends whom I’ve known for years. The majority of my friends though are relatively new to my life by comparison. Whether we met through previous places of employment, on myspace, or through the playgroups of which we’ve been fortunate enough to be members, all of these ladies have at one time or another been my source of strength to get through the day, through the surgery, through the recovery, through my depression, through the financial crises, through my dying sex life, and through all the many health issues. Every gray hair has been celebrated with someone who gets it; every milestone my child has achieved has been bragged about, cheered about, and enjoyed with someone who held Nicholas as an infant or babysit him so often, he’s practically a part of their family. In everything I’ve been through, I’ve had a woman or two women or sometimes a whole playgroup full of women praying for me, taking care of me, and encouraging me to keep pressing on and on.

Sometimes their love came in the form of advice, and sometimes in phone calls; sometimes the love was shown to me in free babysitting, in very nice hand-me-down clothes for my kid, in the form of food, of good books/DVDs to borrow, and sometimes in coffee and chocolate covered blueberries. Sometimes it came through teary eyes, whispered prayers, invitations to lunch, coffeeshop visits, much-needed hugs, and lots of toys for Nicholas to enjoy while being hospitalized.

As I was catching up on all the blogs I read this morning, I came across a video posted at Babybloomr that I think sums it all up perfectly. It’s a reading by author Kelly Corrigan, and man, does she hit the nail on the head about friendships and the importance of the female bond.

I want you to know that as I watched this video, I thought of *you*. Yes, you. There isn’t a single person who is my friend that I didn’t think about while watching this video. I am so honored to know you, please know that. I am so fortunate to have you as a part of my life, no matter how small a part you might think you play. Whether you’re someone who is in my playgroup or someone I may not know so well who has been a source of love and support for me, please know that I’m glad you’re there, that you’re in my life. And if you’re one of the select few who know me better than I know myself at times, the few I’ve known a little longer, I can’t even begin to tell you what you mean to me. I love you more than could ever be said using only words.

Know that you’re in my heart, my prayers, and my thoughts always.

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