“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

I was having coffee with my two very dear friends, Fran and Nancy, last Saturday.  Nancy was recounting how her granddaughter asked her why we are all here.  We started musing about how difficult life can be at times, what is the meaning of our lives, and what is the meaning of all these very hard losses.  We concluded our philosophical discussion with we didn’t know the meaning of our own lives let alone try to explain the meaning of life to a young child.

Afterward,  I couldn’t get our conversation out of my mind.  I started to think about all the beautiful  women friends I am so thankful to have in my life.  I  mused about all the struggles and suffering they have experienced and I have experienced.  And I came to the conclusion that one of the reason we are all here is to save each others life.  I know that every single one of these women have saved my life and I hope that I have been able to do the same for them.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.  I have a wonderful husband who I have been married to for 41 years and loving children, grandchildren, and a daughter in law who I love and am proud to call my friend.

This Thanksgiving I will be giving thanks that these beautiful women are my friends.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with many reasons to be grateful.


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

5 Responses

  1. Beautiful! My Slice celebrated friendships, too. Anne Lamott quotes Ram Dass in her new book, Stitches, who says that ultimately we’re all just walking each other home. I was reminded of that by your Slice.


  2. Jaana

    This is a wonderful post! Women friends play such an important part in our lives. I think there is a post in my future about my women friends as well! Happy Thanksgiving to you!



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