Friendship Paradise

There is nothing like spending a day immersed in Friendship. It renews, rejuvenates, refreshes the soul like nothing else. I am lucky in this respect. I have forever friends, friends I have known for years, that understand and forgive my quirks, comments, and craziness. Yes, I frustrate them. Yes, I try the limits of these precious Friendships. Yes, I am both thankful and apologetic when I consider what I have made so many of them endure, people who are so dear to me that I cannot imagine a world without them.
So, I thank you, my dear Friends, for loving me despite my obvious flaws, and for providing a life-long Paradise in which we can laugh, grow, and love. And an extra thank you for helping me teach my daughter, by example, what Friendship means.
Whether it is the Friend who constantly saves me from frustration for all the days I cannot be the after school mom I wish I was, the Friends who freeze with me in the early morning Sunday hours as we prepare for yet another race, the Friends who made sure I made it through high school alive, or the Friends who know how to make me smile, no matter how many tears I feel ready to spill, I cling to the opportunities to share a day of Paradise with them. And, sometimes, even a day is too much to fit into life’s crazy schedules. It is the time for a phone call, a visit to the tea shop, a funny text or post, a surprise card in the mail, or watching our kids play together, developing another generation of Friendship.
May you create an opportunity to do the same. Remince, relax, and remember that Paradise is only truly there when you share it with those you love.

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