Marla Smart: For all the friends | Moms

This week I wanted to write about friendship – my friendships, specifically.

I need my friends. They buffer my emotions when life gets heavy.

They’ll throw me the lifeline of a listening ear, comforting hug or just a piece of chocolate when I’ve had a rough couple of days.

I need them to celebrate birthdays and milestones, to talk over new revelations, to just be there, to borrow things, to help cover the gray hair, and to say, “No, you should not wear that,” and “Yes! You need to do that!”

I want to be there for them as well: to laugh, cry, advise and bring life back into focus.

I have many friends and I am blessed by that abundance.

I need all kinds of friends. Each one brings out qualities that round me out as a person.

They all pour their wisdom into me, as I do them. And that is what makes us the people we are today.

So, my friends, I honor you. You know who you are. You have been the voice of reason when home has become white noise chaos and I’m close to breaking down.

You have livened my life with laughter and smiles.

I treasure you. I thank you. I need you and I hope I have returned the many blessings you have given me.

The better part of one\'s life consists of his friendships. - Abraham Lincoln


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