Thursday, September 17, 2009

saving the best

I had a couple of friends who were girls
from kindergarten through sixth grade
But I was always on edge with them,
Trying to stay on their good side
while sidestepping their meannesses toward others.

In junior high I met my first girlfriends.
They were smart, like me, enjoyed reading
like me
Thought the same goofy boys were endearing
and never expected meanness
to stay on their good side.

But in college we separated,
growing toward our grown-up lives
and away from each other.
I made other friends,
none close.

Now in the middle of my life
I have found the friends I need the most.
They are smart, like me, enjoy reading
like me
Think the same goofy boys are endearing
and expect nothing but honesty
to stay on their good side.

Jen strengthened my faith in God and myself;
she showed me how to be a beautiful strong woman
regardless of how ugly & weak we saw ourselves at times.

Lisa shared a passion for writing out our hearts & minds;
she showed me how to be joyous yet fierce
even when staring into the face of pain & sorrow.

Holly renewed my spirit for activism and involvement;
she showed me how to take a stance & establish a presence
despite my fear & uncertainty.

Now is the time for girlfriends, powerful ones,
when I am sure yet not;
when I am steady yet not;
when I am solid yet not.

I am blessed, I am loved, I am whole at last.


for Love Letters and Yesterday, Today and Forever

8 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow. Glad you figured out who was important. I never had any of those mean girl friends...glad I avoided that part.

dkuroiwa said...

My friends are my treasures. And those mean ones (most in the past, one or two still around)...they also had a part in me becoming the well-rounded person I am today...I also learned some things from them (because of them?).

What a great tribute. You...are a good friend.

*FYI...when I came here via your FB link, the 'word verification' didn't come through and I couldn't leave a comment...hmmmm...what's up with that? Am I the only one that happened to?!?!

Ami said...

I have the friend that is the standard I will compare all future friends to.

And I'm so grateful to have her.

She's truly one of the best things in my life.

I think it's easier to both have and be a good friend once a person is past all the angsting and mercurial emotional stuff of the teens and 20's.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Thank you, sweet friend. ox

Fantastic Forrest said...

You've captured what's in my heart as well, beautifully.

But I'll try not to get too mushy. I'm reminded of the lines of the Bard:
BENEDICK: And, I pray thee now, tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?

BEATRICE: For them all together; which maintained so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them.


I love you guys. And I will be forever grateful that you were willing to add one more friend to your mix and share those two.

Bee said...

Good girl friends are the consolation for so much in this world.

Why is there something tearing up my eyes?

Anonymous said...

I do love you so my fierce and fiesty friend!!!!
Jen

Stu said...

What? I thought I completed you? ;^O

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