Wednesday, December 2, 2009

When Lives Touch

Friend. It has to be one of the most beautiful words in the dictionary. It has so many layers of meaning. You have best friends, casual friends, friends with fringe benefits, friendships forged in the wink of an eye or over many years of discovery.

I have been blessed throughout my life with friends. I was never one of the popular crowd but I prefer quality friendships over quantity. Age or sex was never a factor, only a willingness to share a part of their lives with me.

I'm also lucky that I am friends with my children, not just their mom. My son is a treasure, a caring man who would do almost anything for a friend. My daughters are both married, with husbands that accept my slightly crazy ways, the circle of friendship ever rippling outward, including their friends as well. Sometimes life runs in a path unanticipated.

When Lives Touch

I reached out and you reached back.
That first sharing was just a snack,
At lunch one day.
At recess time, you saw me there,
Standing alone and you cared
Enough to ask me why I cried.
You showed me who you were inside.
A friend.

As we grew older, there was more to share.
First love, first kiss, first smoke on a dare.
We both choked and laughed so hard
Hiding out in the backyard.

Our lives at times drifted apart
But we were sisters of the heart.
No matter how long we were out of touch,
A phone call would bring us in a rush
To share both our joy and pain.

I never thought I'd lose you but
God called you home, not time enough
To say goodbye.
I kept dreaming that you played a joke
And out of the closet, your head would poke
And say "Surprise"

But it was not to be.

I'll always carry you in my heart.
25 years was not enough.
You showed me how a friend should be.
And how to treasure each one
No matter how long or short the time
We have together,
A friend is forever.


  1. Beautiful!

    "I prefer quality friendships over quantity"...I completely agree!

  2. WOW! Pretty deep and personal. thanks for sharing, Dreamhaven :)

  3. beautiful...friends drift in and out of our lives, but their memories last forever...happy tt!

  4. The older you get, the more friends you lose, whether to death, disagreements, or a simple growing apart. As I've said on at least one other blog today, in these approximate words, treasure the friends you have while you have them.

  5. can never have enough friends...nice one

  6. Awww that's such a sad little tribute to your friend. They may not last forever but 'friendship' does. I'm not looking forward to arriving at an age where my friends pass away even though a few have died young. Very sad.

  7. A beautiful and poignant post. I'm sorry for your loss though it seems your friend gave you a gift in many forms.

  8. Beautifully written. What a fine Theme Thursday contribution.

  9. It's wonderful to have friends you can instantly connect with after being apart for however long. Sorry for your loss.

  10. What a beautiful post and so very true. Happy TT!

  11. You captured friendship from beginning to end and the middle too! Brought tears to my eyes. Very eloquent and heart spoken.

  12. Real friends are, indeed, forever. Very nice.

  13. My friend Sundie entered my life in high school. She was a warm, wonderful person. She died when she was 25, leaving 2 young children, 1 and 5 years old. Her husband never kept in touch but I feel she's up there watching over them. I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to her. She was my first best friend.

  14. So sad but so lovely all at the same time. I have lost some friends :(