I have the best friends in the world!

Megan from Imaginif did a post today about gratitude. It got me thinking about the things I am most grateful for at the moment, and after a while I realised that every single thing is made even sweeter by the people I can share or experience them with.
I am grateful that I have the best friends in the world!

I have friends who don't make me feel bad for those bad days that didn't include a shower.... Because they smell worse than I do.

I have friends who aren't afraid of my leaking boobs.... They just call me a cow and throw me a towel.

I have friends who aren't afraid of my pain.... Even when I am.

Friends who answer their phone to me - who let me cry and sob and vomit grief everywhere, and who hang up for me when the phone is stuck to my ear and I am terrified of being disconnected from them.... Friends who will do this today and still answer the phone again tomorrow.

Friends who listen when I tell them I feel as if I am drowning - who will then push me backwards, without warning, into an icy cold swimming pool... To prove that I will not go under forever.

And friends who jump into the icy cold water with me.

I have internet friends, who are just as magnificent as the freaks this side of the screen.

Friends who's thoughts and well wishes transcend the words of an email, a comment or blog post.

Friends who care enough to give virtual hugs.

Friends who find the time to comment or email, even when the time (and the words) are difficult to come by.

Friends who offer support, encouragement and understanding, even when it must certainly poke and prod at their own grief.

Friends who allow me to share what I need to share, feel what I need to feel and blog what I need to blog - And who still drop by to read, even when it's not all warm and fuzzy.

Friends who ignite a little of Baby Warrior's light, just by reading about his moments and believing in his love.

To my friends,
Real life, internet, or otherwise,

Thank you!

You are the best friends in the world, and I am so very grateful that you are all part of my life experience.


M+B said...

Sending many more virtual hugs your way! I am so glad you have so many friends. And I'm sure we all feel the same depth of gratitude that you're our friend :-)

PlanningQueen said...

Gratitude is so important. Such a lovely heart felt post - thank you for the reminder.

Megan from Imaginif said...

Oh Al.....you are so special. Mxxxx
PS: Do I really smell that bad?

Melody said...

Terrific and you are welcome !!


Debby said...

I think that it is lovely how you feel that you are 'drawing' from us...when in reality, at least for me...I am drawing from your example, and using it to inspire me in my own life. Thanks, Al.

Alison said...

Thanks Lani - You are such a star!

Thanks PQ - You are most welcome :-)

Thanks Megan - Don't worry, I will send you some of Mary's deodorant :-P

Thanks Melody - ((hugs)) Right back to you.

Thanks Debby - You don't have your skirt tucked into your undies, do you?!

A reader said...


Thank YOU for being YOU.

Trish said...

Amen to A reader ... and thank you too for being all of those things to us.

tiff said...

I am thankful for you.
You have made some of my most horrible days this year, better.

Bush Babe said...

I have a gazillion hugs at the ready... thanks for thinking to say thanks. I don't expect any, but it is nice to know what you say and do helps sometimes. You already know what I think about your courage. Just keep believing it'll get better - great things await.

Alison said...

Thanks, A reader - What a beautiful comment!

Thanks Trish - (hugs) right back to you :-)

Oh Tiff - Thank you, darling woman.

Thanks BB - I am also thankful for the post about your courage that I will be able to read soon! *hint hint*

Anonymous said...

Good people attract good people, Al, which is why we are all here together.