#30DaysofThanks: Thankful for friends

#30DaysofThanks Blog Writing Challenge Thankful for FriendsToday, Nov. 12, I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for friends near and far, those I talk to regularly and those I don’t.

I don’t actually have a lot of close friends. The two women I have called best friends are people I met decades ago – one in 7th grade at Howard Middle School in Orlando; the other I met in 10th grade Spanish class at Boone High School. We are still in touch, although mostly it is by Facebook and texting.

They probably know more stories about me than most anyone! I suppose that kind of history is what happens when you know someone for two or three – or even more – decades!

I have other friends that I’ve met since high school. I have friends with whom I lost touch. Some have reconnected, and others will simply hold a lovely place in my heart and in my memories.

Some friends I didn’t even know I knew! When I first moved to Atlanta, a young lady named Heather invited me and my then-boyfriend to sit at a table with her and her then-boyfriend at a football kickoff party for the University of Florida Alumni Association and the Atlanta Gator Club. It was packed, and there was no other seating!

I am still friends with Heather today, even though she has moved on to Washington, D.C. for career opportunities. I had no idea, but a few months after Heather and I “met” in Atlanta, I found a photo of her in my laptop from a Gator event in Orlando. We had met several years earlier and just hadn’t realized it!

Some friends I met in high school or college, or through work or other means, and we have become better friends over time through social media. As I went through my pregnancy, some pregnancy complications and the first year of motherhood, I had friends near and far who offered advice, encouragement, prayer and support.

In short, friends are a wonderful blessing.

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks.