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“Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you,” and PROVED it.” ~Unknown


My daughter finally made it home safe and sound. A bit exhausted from her adventurous travel, she was able to rest up a few days before her having to hit the airport again to begin her study abroad programme. It was great to have her back under the same roof if only for a few days. For me, that storm is over.


My celebrations, however, were short-lived as the day after my daughter arrived home  I received an unsettling email from a long time friend informing that she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Cancer. I know the odds look great at this stage but in that moment, it felt like the roof was tumbling down on top of me and in 60 seconds I went through the emotions of anger, fear, sadness, anxiety and reflection. Though we have not seen each other in about 9 years, we still maintained that closeness over the years, updating each other on the trials of raising teenagers and the woes of life.


I should maybe make a subtle correction, Lindsay (not her real name) is more than just a friend, she’s my sister from another mister. The story of our friendship began through a mutal friend over 20 years ago. Since then, she’s been my shoulder to cry on, my voice of reasoning and designated conscience. She’s been the one to tell me to go right when I wanted to go left. She’s exceptionally brilliant and a soulfully remarkable human being, I can’t imagine what my life would’ve been like having never met her.


This is how friends become family because family isn’t always about sharing a bloodline, it’s about the bond that grows between two people, they say people come into our lives for a reason, either for a blessing or a lesson. I can say Lindsay has been both, a lesson in what true friendship is and a blessing in helping me maintain my sanity when my world felt like it was sinking into the abyss.


~Happy Monday

©Etta D. Richards

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