Now that Christmas has come and gone there is no question what was the greatest gift for me. It was the gift of friendship.
We have our Montana family friends. The friends who welcomed RangerSir and I into their home and treated us just like family. Though they have lived in Montana almost their entire lives they get what it is to move and live far away from friends and family. They have taken us in and treat us like family and include us in holiday activities, birthdays and graduations. We have attended funerals and met their extended family. They are who we call in an crisis and we hopefully provide support when they need it as well.
My lifetime friends now live far away. The amazing part of this friendship is though we don’t get together often when we talk it is just like we saw each other just a few days ago. When we get together we can chat for hours or sit in silence either works and both are OK. My lifetime friends know me better than I know myself some times and provide the moment of clarity when I need it most. We have been through lots together, some of life changing, but most of it just plain fun. A connection like that has last years, no matter how long the distance, no matter the changes in our lives we are their one another and their friendship makes us whole.
The like a sister friend who lived with me years ago and 20 years later is still like a younger sister to me. We worry about her and cheer her every success. Just like I imagine I would if I had a sister.
I have a large collection of social friends as well. Some are co-workers and former co-workers. Others are family and old neighbors. Folks who I exchange cards with during the holidays, catching up with them and all that has gone on this past year. Some we don’t hear from but once a year but we look them up when we get in their neighborhood.
They are part of what makes my life so rich and I am so thankful for their friendship.