4.25.2008

Friends

[picture via creative thursday]

"It takes courage to be a real friend. A friend is a person who will suggest and render the best for us regardless of the immediate consequences. Sir Winston Churchill became Great Britain’s greatest friend in his country’s darkest hour because he was courageous enough to call for “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” when some would have accepted him more readily as a friend had he advocated peaceful surrender. President Abraham Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. “Why do you try to make friends of them?” asked an associate. “You should try to destroy them.” “Am I not destroying my enemies,” Lincoln gently replied, “when I make them my friends?"~ Marvin J. Ashton

I loved this quote. I think friendship is on my mind today because of a sweet email I got from my friend Holly this morning. There are so many people who have had an impact on my life and I don't think I acknowledge them enough. Holly is one of them. She moved from here a while back and I still miss their family.

My family members are high on my list of friends. I have a husband who is my dearest friend in the world. I love having a daughter who can tell me that I'm making too much of an issue and need to move on, a daughter-in-law and son who allow me into their everyday life via phone calls and email, and another son who spends more time than you might expect with his [boring old] parents. I also have a wonderful sister who lives way too far away to suit me. The list could go on and on.

Whether we are linked by blood or by circumstance, all of you are people I love dearly. Thanks for making my life happy.

7 comments:

Mia said...

That is a beautiful print and an equally beautiful quote. You always post the most thoughtful stuff. Thanks Jan!

Nat Lud said...

You are so fun. Thanks for being my friend!

Jori said...

Aw Jan, you are such a sweet heart. We all love you!

hoLLy said...

when i saw my name, i had to click on it to see if it was me:) there are so many hollys in the blog world-and it was! yea! i was mentioned on someone's blog! aw shucks. . .thank you for being my friend! you are the best jan! love ya!

Ashley said...

I'm glad to have reconnected with you through blogging. Distance is no barrier to true friendship.

Kristi said...

Right on, Jan! And can I say I am so glad you are my friend? You are always good to make me smile! Thank you for being a friend to me!!

100 Percent Cottam said...

love you, mama! you are tops on my list of friends, that's for sure!