Sunday, April 1, 2007

Hold A True Friend With Both Hands

"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." -
Donna Roberts

One of the many sayings I got from my wonderful Mother goes something like this. (Told in Spanish is quite musical)
 "If you have made one true friend in your lifetime you have accomplished more than most."

 Through the first half of my life I couldn’t have disagreed more. I just knew that she was mistaken and that I would never be "without" these women. I always thought a woman has friends for different areas of her life. In all different stages as well. One to shop with, and justify every penny spent. One to gossip with, and not think badly of the sport. One she can share secrets with, and never tell another living soul. One who is a cooking friend…and another a sewing friend. Friends to brainstorm with, friends to vent to. Just a whole assortment of friends to suit my every mood. I called them all “ life long friends”. As I became older, and much wiser, I learned that Mom is usually right about many things. These endearing friendships one makes come and go for various reasons, always to my shock and disbelief. You can call it compatibility, common life stages, or sometimes even disagreements. Rest assured they all serve a purpose on this road that we travel. Each of them, touching our lives in a very special way. I truly believe that they help to mold who we are to become, and sent to us just when we need them most of all. I have been blessed, with many of these souls. I am grateful for each and every one of them. I am no longer foolish enough to believe that our friends are friends for life. However I am wise enough to hold a true friend with both hands, and Thank God for the time that we have.

For all the Ethel’s in this Lucy’s life:

Denise Kicher, Tracy Wyatt Valdez, Blima Posluns, Jane Sandercock,
Deana White, Heather Moompean, Audrey Castellanos,
Erica Levin, Betty Anne Urbick, Pam Vierra,
Lora Copher, Kathy Horner, Mary Anne Hastings,Linda Yamamoto, Ronda Beyer,Linda Benchman

Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who
want you in theirs.
The ones who accept you for who you are.
The ones who would do anything to see you smile,
and who love you no matter what.


Anonymous said...

Yes, your mother sounds like a very wise woman!

Here's to new friends for the second half of your century (wine glass in hand toasting!!!)

Jan said...

Gina, I love this! You have such a gift of expression!! I am so happy to have met you!! Best wishes with the new blog!!

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