A friend of mine had a birthday this week. I don’t get to see her as often as both of us would like due to the distance between our houses. I follow her on Facebook and we make comments back and forth to each other through that venue. To be perfectly honest I don’t remember exactly how and when we met, but we have been friends for a number of years, I refer to her fondly as “little sister.” Being the youngest of three, I grew up as the baby of the family, and since there were so many years difference between my sister, brother and I, my upbringing was probably closer to that of an only child, so having a “little sister” is special to me.
Little sister is someone who when we are together, we laugh. She has a wonderful sense of humor, slow to anger, loyal and very comfortable to be with. Months can go by yet it is like we saw each other the day before when we do talk. An obvious fault I see is she under estimates her worth to others. There could be far worse faults, one of which is the opposite of this … I.E.: having an over-inflated ego. I’ll admit striking a healthy balance between those two is sometimes challenging. I like people who don’t take themselves too seriously; I have to say I am blessed with a circle of close friends who are that way (as well as a wonderful family.) They keep me grounded and gently “pop” my over inflated ego when needed. On the flip side, I can count on them to bolster my confidence when I waiver. I am saddened when I think there are people out there who do not have a network of friends or a close family like I do. There are some people who know many people, but aren’t close with anyone and then there are those who are simply isolated for one reason or another.
You’re probably wondering, what is the purpose of this post? Well, specifically it is to recognize and appreciate the birth of someone who has enriched my life by simply being. The broader purpose is to celebrate the lives of all my close friends and family; to thank them for being, and for being my friends and my family. At a time in history when we can call someone “a friend” simply by requesting through a social network, I’m happy to be able to say I have friends who weren’t requested, didn’t request me and weren’t as easy to get by simply hitting “accept.” or “confirm request.” We did it the old fashioned way of living life together and continue appreciating each precious moment we have together, when we get them. Go hug your close friends, tell them how much you appreciate the fact that they were born and are your friend! Make certain you tell your family, how much you love them. Do it often, for humans easily forget. Happy Birthday little sister and many more!