So many things to be thankful to God for…I can’t even count the ways.

Most of all: family and friends. Without them I don’t exist.

For this reason, I decided to do this ode to the ones I hold dear…I can’t rhyme and I’m no good at poetry so I would just have to settle for prose(:

The last 7 days have been pretty swell and although I can’t tell you everything in a few short sentences I would just say that everything went quite well! (ok…so I can rhyme!)

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I once heard family is not only blood but also the ones that prove that they need you in their life as much as you need them. The ones that would do anything for you even if they were tired, busy, did not have much to give or had problems of their own. They extend themselves over and beyond what is expected without wanting anything in return. They do not harbour any resentment or keep a record of your wrongs or flaws.

It’s strange how you can connect with someone that you’ve only just known a short space of time and it feels like if you have known them a lifetime. And the ones who you have treated badly (subconsciously) welcome you back with open arms no matter how much time has passed.

True friends do not hold it against you because you are being crabby, if it’s that time of the month or if you’re having a bad day or week or month or year…they stick by you no matter what and get inside your head to truly understand and appreciate all of your nuances like only a friend could. When they are not physically near, you feel connected in thought and spirit.

True friendship lies in the type of person who you may not communicate with for days, weeks, months or even years and yet the bond is still there. Your friendship transcends all spatial and temporal barriers. It is mature, wise, resilient and can recover from virtually anything within moral and legal bounds.

It’s true what they say…’a friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Yet ‘one hand cannot clap’ …friendship is a give and take. One cannot get so absorbed in their own life that they lose focus and lack empathy for the ones that mean the most. You know the ones that cross your mind when you’re stuck in traffic or when you hear a song or pass by a store or restaurant they like. A friend will occupy more than a fleeting thought and cause you to be concerned even when nothing is wrong. And when something is wrong they are the first thought upon waking and before retiring at night and your prayers are magnified.

Friends support your dreams, listen to your wining, complaining and not only pull you out of your dark hole whenever you need it, but will crawl inside of the hole with you…try to psychoanalyze the reasons for it and bash the person that caused you to be there in the first place.

They don’t judge you…they make you smile when you don’t want to and laugh out loud in the strangest of places…friends always agree to disagree and always make up after a fight.

You do not need a lot of these people in your life and you will know who they are by their actions…

If you recognize these special gems…hold onto them for dear life because another may not come along like them again…

Cheers to all of my gems…you mean more than you know…

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