I was invited to a birthday party on Saturday. It was a surprise birthday party for my friend, Linda. I have known Linda for a very long time. We met when we each were carrying our first child. These sons will soon turn 40. It amazes me the amount of time I have been friends with Linda.
We have shared some very fun and funny experiences and we have shared some very tragic. We have raised our children in the same town and our husbands have the same profession. But I couldn’t help but wonder are these the things that have made us friends all these years? What is it about someone that makes them a friend and keeps them a friend.
Oh, I know the usual answers – caring, good listening, trust, generosity, etc. These are all very important ingredients of friendship but I still felt that there was some intangible reason that I hadn’t figured out. Then I came across this quote from Proust. It revealed to me the intangible reason – friends simply make you happy and therefore you want to keep them in your life.
So, Happy Birthday Linda. Your friendship for these 40 odd years has simply made me happy. Thanks for the happiness and helping the garden of my soul to bloom.
Wishing my readers a week filled with opportunities for your soul to bloom.