Who are our friends? The Bible says a lot about friends, ones who are near to us, those who now are at a distance from us, ones we worship with, etc. etc.
what would we do without them?
Yesterday, after the last of my necessity outings, I ended up at the assistant living facility I was in for over two years.
I had been greeter while there and loved every minute of it. Seeing those who were still there was GREAT. Little Gertrude who is 101 now, was still sitting in her regular place watching everyone and mostly smiling. She was one who kept many of us awake at night yelling "HELP! Then if that didn't work, she would holler "hot coffee", then "hot chocolate" I felt so sorry for those who were close neighbors. She informed my daughter in law one day that she didn't like me. I found out that she did not like to have others offer to help her, like, get her the hot coffee, etc etc. I learned to just say hi, one could not comment on her attire, she did not like that either. She did like my dog Archie and admired his wagging tail. We all still loved her realizing her mind was probably not right.
Then I got to see a nurse who had her baby about 2 weeks after i moved. A darling little boy. She is from Ethiopia and relatives from there, come to baby sit!!!
A retired attorney and his wife were my table mates, she developed throat cancer. A talented singer in the past. She is taking treatment and we pray she will recover, her husband has Parkinson's disease. They lost their son because a liver transplant came too late, his heart was too weak, they wept with me about losing our daughter to the liver transplant rejected by her body.
One of the receptionists is expecting, a young woman who could be depended on if you asked her to do something for you. There were others who were nice but not so dependable. I was so happy she was on duty so I got to see her.
Then after visiting several I went to play BINGO. Friday was the day we played, my daughter went with me, I didn't win a thing but saw others that I had missed earlier, and just enjoyed playing.
Why am I going through all this, that means nothing to you, but a whole lot to me??
Well, I think we all need to rely on friends more, it is good for you and they appreciate that you think of them when there is a problem or a happy announcement.
Seeing a face light up when you come into sight is a moral booster. Calling someone on the on the phone just to day Hi, may make the day of someone who is feeling blue, and you can tell by their voice they needed you.
So my dear Spark friends, let your friends know that they are important to you, as you are important to me!! I am blessed with friends here I have never met personally, but are dear to me.
"A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else."