Friday, December 19, 2008


Today amid the house cleaning and box getting (each present needs the right box so that the next step, the wrapping, can get off to a good start), the doorbell rang and I was handed a beautiful Christmas centerpiece for my table. It was picture perfect even including gorgeous red roses that looked dew-kissed and a gold candle in the middle with a hurricane around it that said Peace. The card told me that my dear friends in the Milwaukee area were thinking of us and wishing us a Merry Christmas. Actually, I was brought to tears, first at the lovely gesture and then because with the recent job loss, I wasn't able to reciprocate. I immediately called her and we had a great visit, catching up on things and reiterating what we have said many times, "I love you and I'm blessed to have you in my life!"

This brought home what we both knew, it's not about presents, it's about love and the enrichment of friendship. What a gift! Many never experience the bond of true friendship and I feel so blessed to have the special friends that I have. My hope for all of you this holiday season is that you will reflect on the friendships in your life and if there are some you've lost contact with, that you rekindle the friendship you once had.

By Patty Lynn

There are friends who are friends for a moment
And some that, it’s true, you lose sight of,
There are friends from your past,
That you so thought would last,
With some effort, you know, that they might’ve.

But then there are friends who you know will…
Not fade for a lifetime no matter,
Who you see not as often,
But when you start talkin’,
It’s anything but useless chatter.

That’s the friend that is there for the good times,
And the bad and the lousy and crabby.
If a month should go by,
You needn’t ask why.
Settle in,‘cause it’s sure to be gabby!

I’ve a friend who’s like that, that I treasure,
Who I’m proud just to say that she’s mine.
For a friendship like this,
So many have missed.
For me, it’s a once in a lifetime!

Though we’re older, I’m sure that we’re wiser…
Than the day when met long ago.
Through THICK and through thin,
Our friendship has been…
What only a few ever know.

So remember that friendship is precious,
Must be tended and cared for by you.
Now it can last forever,
If you promise to never…
Take for granted its value so true.

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