As I think of the things and people I am grateful for the thoughts flood to me in memories. I think of the people who were part of my past, people who I considered friends at the time. I look back and see how we each grew and moved on in different directions.
I’ve found over the years that I tend to have people come into my life for time frames. There typically isn’t some big falling out, just a moving on. I have a few people who I have reconnected with via Facebook and still consider my friend, but long distance friendships are very different than face to face ones.
Over the years I’ve tried to determine why I don’t have those long term friendships that others talk about. Those friends who you spend time with over the years and make sure to see on a regular basis. I never quite put my finger on the why of the moving on of many of these friendships, but it is just is…
One thing most of these people probably know is that I’m still there for them. If you find a place in my heart, you are there until you do something to annoy me, and then even then I’d help you if I could. Many of these people are now what I think of as Christmas card friends. You know what I mean? Those people who you reconnect with on a semi-yearly basis if that. But, you look forward to hearing from them and seeing that life is still treating them well.
So today I’m thankful for the friends I have now, and those who were my friends in the past. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the love you have shown me and my family. And just know… I’m here for you.