Even in my 2nd year of blogging, I’m still amazed at how wonderful this blogging community is. It’s full of love, support, laughter, tears, the occasional “Kim, you need to pull your head out of your taco and kick some bipolar ass”, and all that other happy jazz that makes me feel so grateful that you are all an integral part of it.
You all are.
Today, I am so honoured to have been asked by one of my bloggy friends, Kristin from Only Parent Chronicles, to take part in a blog hop called Friends You Love. We’re swapping sites today, so may I introduce you to my sweet friend Kristin.
What to say about Kristin other than she is strikingly gorgeous.
She is making me feel bad that I’m still in my PJ’s.
She is an amazing friend, a single Momma to 2…yes TWO tweens and she is a fabulous writer. She is funny and sweet and oh so honest and I love the shat out of her.
She recently lost someone very close to her and she has taken the time to write a bit about it. I’d love it if you’d all take the time to offer her support and love. I can’t imagine that this post was an easy one for her to write.
So without further adieu, please meet my bloggy friend Kristin.
Friendship is a funny thing. It can be cyclical. It can be challenging. It can be work.
It can also be rewarding. It can be comforting. It can be fulfilling.
This weekend, I attended a memorial. It was a celebration of a life cut short.
As people gathered to celebrate this life, an amazing life that was tragically ended, I realized that friendship is a deep and uniting bond.
As I visited with the faces of my past, I marveled at how many of us turned up to honor the life of the one who had gone before us. The stories we shared united us. And for those moments, it was like time had stopped and we were all on the same life path again.
The first thing her mother said to me was, “I remember how beautiful you two looked in your bridesmaids at Amy’s wedding.”
She was Amy’s little sister. She was always our tag-along. She was always the tattle tale.
It had been years since I had seen her. Since I had seen Amy. Since I had seen their parents.
I knew it meant a lot to them all that I was there. That other girls we had grown up with were there. That even after all the years, we still had the bond.
Friendship is an amazing gift. It is put in front of us to cultivate and to care for. To nurture and grow. And if we care for it well, the years don’t weaken it. If we nurture it right, the bonds remain.
She’s amazing right?
Thank you so much Kristin for taking the time to share your story with us today and for reminding us how important our friendships are.
Love your face.
Now, head on over to Kristin’s
where I talk about my friendship with my sister Nicole…the other white meat.
And if you want to know more about Friends You Love
and how to participate, click on the button below.