November 6: Good Friends
A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
– Charles Kingsley
While I am an introvert, and at times a bit of a loner, I am very blessed to have a few close friends. I can call these women at any time, and I know they will be there to listen or offer advice. Often we try to meet once a month or so, for either a late lunch or an early dinner, and catch up on life. We laugh a little, cry a little, and respect one another a lot.
But there is one friend in particular who does all that and more. She probably knows me better than I know myself, and I might be so bold as to say the same of her. We can talk on the phone for hours and then meet for dinner and talk some more.
We share many of the same interests, but in a fun, non-competitive way. She loves reading as much as I do, and we both have a compulsion to buy pens and journals. We love photography and are constantly trading books, tutorials, and frustrations. She enjoys traveling as much as I do, and as couples we have cruised together and still remained friends!
But I do believe it is the rare friend with whom we can simply sit. There doesn’t need to be conversation; we could be reading separate books or writing in our own private journals. We do not even need to share. Yet that time spent together is still intimate and special.
Yes, I am greatly blessed by several friends in life – and one friend in particular.