"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend." Thoreau
In the last two weeks I have been invited to three different occasions for tea. It's spring time!
It is unusual for me to get three invitations within two weeks and even more unusual that I could get to all three. But lately I have been thinking a lot about how wonderful it is to have friends. Good friends truly care, truly share and truly listen. With each occasion, I noticed how each person looked at me when I spoke. Each laughed when I laughed and one hostess even brought out a box of kleenex to distribute when I was sharing a 'show and tell' picture of an experience with my daughter, Emily and her 2004 marathon run in Dublin, Ireland in my honour. She was raising money for Rheumatoid Arthritis research. I have had a continuing battle with RA for all of my adult life.
Friends are awesome! They're awesome when you're hurting. They're awesome when you're happy and confident! Friendship is also reciprocal, a two-way street. Listening to, caring for and sharing with those who have been brought into your life brings indescribable comfort.
"Somehow, taking tea together encourages an atmosphere of intimacy when you slip off the timepiece in your mind and cast your fate to a delight of tasty tea, tiny foods and thoughtful conversation." Greco
I have been tuned into PBS as I type this blog. James Taylor is singing "You've got a Friend" with Carole King:
"Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
Walking and talking and everything friend"
Treasure your tea times, my friends.
"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." Heroux
And to this quote I might add..."with dear friends."