1.30.2008

A Gathering of Four Friends

"Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away. " George Eliot

There are four of us that are dear friends. We are connected by teaching, learning, and my school. These three women have been an intrical part of making my school a better place. They care about our students. One works with me every day and the other two have been consultants that have been a support at our school. All of them are dear friends. JB is going through cancer treatment right now.
We traveled through the snow to her place tonight. We brought food, flowers, and encouragement. She is losing her hair, but not her strength or sense of humor. We reminenced, laughed, ate, and enjoyed that comfort of our friendship. We shared new learnings with JB from the conference we attended today. She asked questions and offered advice. It was a special evening gathering around the table with three other dear friends.

7 comments :

  1. I have never been blessed with this type of close network of friends but I know your support ment the world to her.

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  2. What a rich blessing it is to have those types of friends in your life! May God watch over your friend and help her feel His presence as she goes through her treatment. Although, I think He's already doing that through your care for her.

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  3. That's a favorite quote of mine. Your friend is lucky in having friends who embody the meaning of what George Eliot says. And vice versa...

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  4. What a blessing that must have been for your friend, to have you there to spend some time with.

    I hope she gets well :)

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  5. Did you ever read Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood?


    I have some friends from childhood that I feel that same friendship. I don't live close to any of them. It has been more difficult to cultivate that later in life.

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  6. Beside the love of a partner and ones children there is nuffin greater then the love of a dear friends which comes with smiles and laughter, its what gets one through those 'times' in life....

    Special thoughts for your friend whilst she is going through something that cant be easy...

    x

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  7. So nice to be able to go and comfort your friend. What a blessing you all are.

    Are you completely snowed in up there. It just keeps coming and coming here. Wallace had their bus barn roof collapse this morning, so they called off school today. We have been off the last two days. Everything is getting cancelled, and I'm just sitting here at home enjoying the sights of the world getting blanketed in white. It has been 40 years since I experienced a winter like this, so I want to enjoy every moment of it!! It may be a long time until I experience one like this again.

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