Friendships with Commas

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A long-time friend once said to me, “We have a friendship, with commas.”

“What does that mean?” I asked.

“It means that, no matter how much time has passed, we pick up our conversation where we left off. There are no “periods” in our friendship timeline.”

This memory floated into my thoughts as I was reaching high above my head to capture a photo of a flowers.

What I love most about flowers is their willingness to bloom, without receiving anything in return. There is no quid pro quo. They bloom because that is what they were meant to do. They arrive in season, without commas, welcoming us to enjoy their moment in the sun.

Georgia O’Keeffe wrote: “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

May our time be fill with many commas.

Join me in walking in the St. Albert’s Botanical Garden. You need to take a rain hat, because it is raining!

Follow in Their Footsteps

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There is a time when you must let go…when memories will give strength…and tears courage.  Friendship endures.

“Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.”

Aristophanes (448 – 380 BC) Greece

Grateful for Happiness

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Today, I want to say thank you to my friends who gave me the gift of happiness…you are the gardeners of my heart…

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. “
Marcel Proust 

A Friend or My Shadow

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I am always willing to point out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures. But when someone else points out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures – well, that is a different matter altogether.

Friendship is about candid and open debate.  That’s what makes it exciting and moving forward….

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Plutarch

A Merrier World

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
J. R. R. Tolkien 

I cannot eat hoarded gold so give me food, cheer and song…and a cup of hot tea on a cool autumn day!

Welcome to the Community

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Today, my friends welcomed a son into their lives.  And the world welcomed new parents and a family.  I received the message and precious photo via text from the hospital. Friendship – a word that expresses the power of community.

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Khalil Gibran