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#273: A Special and Happy Day!

Monday, March 29, 2010

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Today is one of the happiest days of the year for me for on March 29, 1969, I met my lifelong true friend, Connie. emoticon It isn't often we establish a connection with someone that lasts as long or that strengthens year by year.

I was in our school's student union for some forgotten reason and a mutual friend, Marsha, whose birthday is today, came in with several girlfriends. How many I can't tell you; I was focused on only one. emoticon Her smile melted my heart and when she later agreed to a date I was in a world of bliss.

"Choose a friend as thou dost a wife, till death separate you." William Penn

Forty-one years later we are still best friends. No, we never married each other but I believe the relationship we have is deeper and more trusting that experienced by many spouses.

We have seen each other through personal and family down times and reveled in our victories and accomplishments. That Connie knew my family and that they shared time with her is a gratifying feeling. The photo of her with my two-week-old brother is a priceless one we always mention. emoticon

Now, after a career as a corporate executive, my friend is a grade school teacher who enjoys every day in the classroom serving as a positive role model molding the minds of those for whom she is responsible. emoticon

We talk often and regularly exchange cards and letters and visits. Each time we're together it seems as if no time at all has passed since our last get-together. We laugh and cry at our achievements and sorrows and we relive the fun times we had together and with our families.

No, we never got married, for whatever reason. Our life situations took her to New Jersey, Mexico then Texas while I left Illinois for Florida, all the while staying in close contact.

Forty-one years. Wow. My friend is as beautiful now as she was then. Her heart is as large as the world. She is intelligent and funny and caring and compassionate.

She remains a true friend and for that I will be forever appreciative. emoticon
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    I grew up with two friends on my street and we have been friends for almost 76 years, counting playing as babies.
    We call and get together, now and then, one being in NY and the other here. Having a good friend is like having a million dollars. You can't spend it but it is always there like a saving account.
    3986 days ago
    Love this. My best friend and I are married to different people, and a lotof people find it srange. But he can say things to get me on track that my husband never could. Of course, we're only at 21 years... Have some catching up to do.
    3989 days ago
    Most people never find a friend like that. You are truly blessed and you know it!!! 41 years of having such a friend like Connie is truly wonderful!! Happy Friendship Anniversary!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    3989 days ago
    An awesome blog & tribute to the beauty of friendship. Bright blessings to you and your beloved friend Connie. Love, Dawn emoticon
    3989 days ago
  • -PAULA
    What a blessing to have this lifelong friend! I'm so happy for you. Thanks for sharing.
    3989 days ago
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    Happy Anniversary, Lou. What a special treasure! To know and to be known. You're a special man.
    3989 days ago
    Wow Lou! This is great! What a wonderful blog! I bet she thinks the same about you! This really blessed me! Thank you! Happy Friendship Anniversary!!!!

    3989 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    This blog reminded me of how blessed I am that I have several lifelong friends. I truly cherish each of them.
    3989 days ago
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    I'm so glad you shared with us. I'm so happy that you remember and relish the day you met.


    3989 days ago
    What a wonderful thing to celebrate, Lou!! I have been blessed with friends of the lifelong variety and there are few treasures on earth to compare. Thank you giving me a reason to sit down and give thanks for those blessings. You are so awesome!!


    3989 days ago
    What a beautiful story! It is heartwarming to read this; what a blessing you both have been given in such a special friendship that gets deeper with time! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    And, happy anniversary to your very wonderful friendship! God bless you both with many, MANY more years!
    3989 days ago
    Lou, you have melted my heart! Such romance! Such love! It shines bright in your description of a priceless friendship!
    3989 days ago
    Lou... it is great to have a friend like that in your life, someone who can see you through everything.

    3989 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    When you find a friend that IS a GOOD THING!~

    I'm happy for you. You deserve many good friends!~
    3989 days ago
    What a touching story Lou, and so sweet of you that you remember the exact date you met her. She is as lucky as you are - I am sure she can depend on you to be there for her always and forever. Happy Anniversary! Joy
    3989 days ago
    What a kind and generous friend you are to post such a heartfelt testimony.

    Happy Anniversary!
    3989 days ago
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    What a wonderful testimony of your friend. I hope she knows how important she is to you, but I suspect she does! I think your relationship is one that more people should pattern their relationships after...even married people! Great blog, Lou. Thanks
    3989 days ago
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    Aww..that's nice.. Having a lifelong friend is a rarity.. Reminds me of my mom and her best friend Helen.. They were sisters for life even though separated eventually by distance. When my mom was dying of cancer, Helen and her family made the trip several times to see her.. it so touched my heart.. I remember the 2 of them talking on the phone for hours on end while growing up way into the early morning, and my father wondering what the heck could there be to talk about for so long?? One memory I have as a child is of a Good Friday evening when my mother decided at the last minute to make a babka..(Polish Easter Bread).. for some reason she decided to call up Helen, who then talked her through a recipe of making it in a coffee can of all things! My mom worked all the time, and that was one of the few rare times my mom and I got to share together.. making that babka..We were up until 4 in the morning baking, with Helen on the phone.. gosh I miss her so..
    Thank you for this blog.. it brought back a wonderful memory of my mom and her best friend..
    3989 days ago
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    Happy day!
    3989 days ago
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