Today is my birthday. A birthday is a good time for reflection. I was so overwhelmed by generous birthday wishes and greetings from all over the world that I was inspired to write this poem.
A Love-Letter To Friendship
Some of my Friends have been my Friend since childhood.
We laughed together, cried together, and celebrated
Life’s little victories.
Some Friends were on my team when we played baseball,
Softball, kickball, football, or tennis. I also had Friends I
Played tetherball with. We rode bikes, explored the world
Of toads and fishes. We rode horses, explored the woods
And fields, went swimming, fishing, turtling, and wondered
About the glory of nature, God, and the outdoors.
With some Friends, we had sleepovers, good food, read
Books together, and played our favorite records.
Sometimes, as a Friend, you were surprised to find
that you were jealous of your Friends. Giving you
new feelings that made you feel awkward and strange.
Growing up is not an easy thing. You make mistakes,
hurt people’s feelings, feel scared and unsure. But,
Your best Friends make the journey a bit easier each
Step of the way.
Some Friends were the kind of Friend that you shared
Everything with, even your wildest crazy ideas that
You knew would scare anyone else you shared them with!
Some Friends were once Friends, but have moved on.
Some Friends are Friends only for a season or two, then
Life takes them down a different path. Thank you,
My Friend, for adding to my life’s experience, I wish
As you get older, it seems your true Friends become
Fewer but more priceless as you learn and grow
With them. You discover new feelings, a more
Forgiving side of yourself, a more tolerant side, and
You learn about unconditional love.
With today’s technology, some Friends are Friends you’d
Love to meet but circumstances dictate that they will
Remain a virtual Friend only. You discover though, that
This does not diminish their role in your life. With these
Types of Friends, you learn that some will become the
Most influential of Friends, inspiring you in ways you never
Dreamed of. Supporting you in ways that no one else has.
Yes, there are many types of Friends, but a Friend whenever,
Especially if forever, is one of the most precious of life’s
Greatest blessings. Don’t take advantage of these Friends or
Take them for granted. Cherish those who are there on stormy
days, sunny days and rainbow days.
Are you my Friend? Let’s find out. How will you add to my life and
I to yours?
To all of the special and unforgettable Friends in my life and to
All those I haven’t met yet.
Here’s my heart,