It’s Thanksgiving morning as I write this, and I’m thinking about my friends.
Friends have been the best teachers in my life and I think the reason why is because the love level is so high, the wall level is low. With trusted friends, there’s no need to put up defenses or be on guard.
With friends, my heart is wide open, and revelations can penetrate deeply.
It’s not ALL deep stuff. Though my friend Cynthia is as deep and insightful as they come, she’s my fashionista/stylist/hair/makeup and on trend friend. Whenever we are together, there is always a conversation about, “Where did you buy that? What serum do you use? What diet are you on?” We keep each other sharp (and smokin’ hot, I like to say!)
My friend Renee is a nurturer/caretaker/nursemaid/comforter who LISTENS in a way that always makes you feel heard. She hangs on her friends words because she cares so deeply. And research? Just mention a topic you’re interested in, and the Inter-Nay (as we affectionately call her) conjures up the pertinent info and helps the Fab Four make informed decisions, while sending funny dog videos to keep us smiling.
Anita never skims. She reads voraciously and has a PhD level knowledge about matters like quantum physics, spirituality, and health. I tend to be a Cliff Notes/Readers Digest abridged version person, so how grateful I am for a friend who digs into the depths of a thing. She, too, is a world-champion listener, and always hears what I HAVEN’T said and asks the followup questions that provoke me to think. She has a giggle like a teenager (and the bonus is that she lives directly on Jacksonville Beach, making for a perfect getaway.) I will, however, always wonder why we live in the same state FIVE HOURS AWAY. Seems wrong. But it’s better than five states away.
These are my sisters from another mother. And then there is my sister since birth, Shirlee. So beautiful and talented, I could have been jealous, but she has always been so good to me I couldn’t help but adore her. One of the greatest things she ever taught me was, during bad times, mark your calendar for two weeks away. Guaranteed, life will be better by then. (It’s true. Bad times don’t last forever.) She’s whipped up magnificent meals and desserts and watching her inspires me to try them at home. She has NEVER stopped learning – now acting in local plays (even a film!) and playing her beloved ukelele with gusto.
Could I go on? Forever.
I could mention how Roseann taught me the power of a Hallmark card to really let people know I care. (Hallmark should send her residual checks, I caught on to this so well.) Or write volumes about Cindy, Linda, Hillary, Chelsa, Karen, Karen (I won two Karen’s when I moved to Sarasota!), Jennifer…
…you get the point.
We celebrate Friends-giving at my apartment complex, and with EDUCATION being our recent Word of the Weeks I couldn’t help but think of how much my beautiful friendships have taught me.
And perhaps the point is not that friends are the best teachers.
Onward to a new Word of the Weeks!
How perfectly does today’s post about friends go along with SISTER/BROTHERHOOD!
Keep learning, keep loving.