On Friendship II

True friends are always together in spirit.

L. M. Montgomery

Today is the birthday of two people whom I am lucky to call “friend.” Friendship knows no timeline. I have known one in the virtual world for 3 years and the other I have known for over 30 years since we attended the same school in our hometown. Both embody kindness and compassion, and their presence on this earth truly makes it a better place. This May, I was supposed to visit the hometown of my virtual friend, but the pandemic made travel impossible. Likewise, my decades old friend and I had been planning to meet at Disney, but our trip was delayed, perhaps to 2022 when we both turn 50. But just like time, friendship knows no distance. It lives in the heart, in the mind, and in the soul. It’s the smile that graces your face when you think of the experiences together and those to come. It’s the exchange of ideas, the inside jokes, the gentle teasing, the wiping of tears, the shared pain, the unending care. Today, I wish them both the happiest of birthdays with many more to come, and give thanks for having them in my life.

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