What does friendship mean to me? Well it means being loving, caring, genuine, and kind to others. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing friendships in my life. I have 2 sisters that have been my best friends in my life, as well as 2 step sisters. The friendship that touched my life above all others was the relationship I had with my Mom. She will, was, and always shall be my best friend. My Mom taught me to love with all my being, be myself, and always seek the very best in life. She taught me to not let anyone ever not let my star shine. And she nursed my broken heart after I let people into my life who didn’t treat me kind and always said “don’t worry honey child, what goes around comes around.” I had a very loving relationship with my Gram as well. She was a fun, feisty, loving, little Irish Canadian woman who had the biggest heart, sharpest wit, and busiest kitchen. She would spend hours cooking and baking and pouring out love and great wisdom to myself, my siblings, and her Grandchildren. And her wonderful sage advice was “that nothing was greater in life than having the love of your family, a hot cup of tea, and laughter.” I’m so grateful that I had these wonderful women in my life to experience what true friendship means. Now I’ve always thought I had to recreate those friendships in my adult life and I couldn’t understand why people didn’t always treat me the same. And I spent wasted tears over friendships that have gone south by me giving too much to the wrong people. My Dad’s advice was simple “don’t be a bitch, take care of yourself, and always put your family first.” My Mom’s advice was “love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.” And every time I find I’m repeating the same pattern of giving too much, and receiving so little, I remember their wise words and I realize that I had the joy, love, and honesty of their presence in my life and really, that’s the best gift of friendship.
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