The Beatles sang…” I get by with a little help from my friends.” And Bette Midler gave it… “Oh you got to have friends… the feelings oh so strong…”
There’s a million of Friendship Tunes out there, I’ll tell you. A million. Some of those “friend” songs are pretty dang good, but they never quite “get” how it feels to know a true friend.
….Let alone if you are lucky enough to have more than one absolutely true friend. I’m not talking the Facebook kind. Heck, I have more than 200 Facebook friends, and I am quite certain I don’t even know that many people. It is sorta’ like those kinds of toys that you put in water, and all of a sudden, you have a big spongy dinosaur in front of you.
I’m talking about true friends… the kind that bake you birthday pancakes and surprise you in June, when your birthday is December.
They fix you that very special sausage dip…. every dang time! Or send you Final Four updates via text messages… when you are stuck at the Ballet…
The kind of friends that “watch” your house when you are gone…. But wait.. .there is a leak in the refrigerator, so they dismantle the entire deal, clean it all out and repair it as good as new. Or they will fly clear across the U.S…. just to “baby sit” your dogs.
The sort of friend that will laugh at your jokes, all the time. Even when they are absolutely stale…..some may even say corny.
They are the ones that put their arm around your shoulder when you are having a good cry… or absolutely share in your joy, when you are lucky enough to find it. Yep, those are the ones.
How so ever it happened, I have a handful of true, true, true….. dyed in the wool, bluer than blue true friends. (Whoa. I think I just channeled Dr. Suess). But back to it……I’m not quite sure how it is that I have been given such profound fortune in this…. but I am so grateful.
To my dearest of friends, Happy National Friend Day. Okay, it isn’t really National Friend Day…. so don’t Google it right now…. but if it were NF Day…. I would send you flowers. But since it isn’t, I’m pretty much off the hook. You don’t even get a card… inasmuch as…. I totally just made up that holiday… and of course a gift is completely out of the question at this point…. But the thought…. yes, the thought is definitely there.
So with all my heart……. thank you…. really and truly …. thank you for being a friend.
Even if it does involve braving the Black Snakes that hang out in our tree…