Friday, March 18, 2011
I have just realised how lucky I am that I
have been able to keep in touch with so many
friends over the years. Over the last 50 years
I have really valued my friends as I found
that when there was no family around, my
friends were there for me.
Over the years we have shared tears, laughter
weddings/divorces, children, grandchildren and
now age related health issues. The sharing and
being there for each has not only enriched my life
but has made me a better person.
When I was leaving Canada in 1974, my room-mate
Barbi gave me a little card and I often look at the
beautiful words she wrote.
"For without words, in friendship,
All thoughts, all desires, all expectations,
are born and shared,
with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend,
you grieve not;
For that which you love
most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain is clearer
from the plain".
- Kahil Gibran
Then she added that he says it better than she
ever could and promised to stay in touch. I was
very blessed to catch up with her and her husband
at the staff re-union in Banff Canada 4 years ago.
18 months ago she came to visit her daughter who
is engaged to an Australian guy and lives 10 minutes
away from me. How's that for co-incidence?
Friends are forever and I am so blessed to have
them in my life. If anyone likes the poem, I have a
feeling it is from Kahil Gibran's "The Prophet".
Friends are worth cultivating and keeping.
Now I am so lucky to have new Spark friends too.