Thursday, June 2, 2011
As I've gotten older, wiser, more confident, and less naive, my defnition of true friendship has become more specific. Not one to throw the word around lightly, I like to think that when I finally bestow this title on someone, he or she has earned it through time and loyalty. In turn, I hope that I am equally worthy by offering integrity, support, maybe even a laugh or two. Here are a just some of the key points on my list:
A friend is reliable. You can count her when making plans, and if she must cancel, it is with good reason.
A friend listens and offers gentle suggestions, but does not judge if you don't follow her advice.
A friend inspires you to take on new challenges and strive to do better in life.
A friend makes time for you, but even if you haven't seen each other in a while, you can pick up right where you left off.
A friend not only accepts, but appreciates your quirks.
A friend is someone you can call when you have big news, or text when you just have something silly to share.
A friend buys you jewelry. :)
A friend never puts pressure on you to do something you can't or don't want to do.
A friend may also be your mom, sister or daughter.
A friend can live very far away and still be close.
A friend sends you green tea Kit Kat bars when her husband returns from a business trip to Japan.
What does friendship mean to you?
(Ceramic bird, greeting card, and Kit Kat bar courtesy of my good friend Sharon.)