Monday, November 17, 2008

Steel Magnolias

"When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend. Then I started to become a woman, and I found out that if you allow your heart to open, God would show you the best in many friends. One friend's best when you're going through things with your children. Another friend's best when you're going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. One friend will say let's pray together, another let's cry together, another let's fight together, another let's walk away together. One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another the wind beneath your wings. But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or where ever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back or to hold you back from making a complete fool of your self...those are your friends. It may all be wrapped up in one person but for many it's wrapped up in several...one from 7th grade, several from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some days your mother, on others your sisters, and on some days it's the one that you needed, just for that day or week that you needed someone with a fresh perspective, or the one who didn't know all your baggage, or the one who would just listen without judging...those are good best friends." I am so incredibly blessed that the Steel Magnolias are all these friends. I thank you ladies for honoring intimacy, holding trust, and for holding me up when life is just too heavy. The special bond we share is unique. Thank you for the words we've shared, the prayers we've sent up. The laughs, the tears, the phone calls, the emails, the shopping, the movies, the lunches, the dinners, the talking, talking talking, and the listening, listening, listening......

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