Today I received news that a person that has been in my life for literally twenty-five years is very sick. Sick sick. He has cancer and, while he rallied back once, it is now pretty clear that he will not be able to do so again. And that makes me sad… Beyond sad, actually.
I mean, you know this friend?
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.”
He is that friend. He is also this friend:
“A friend is someone that knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you… When you forget the words…”
And finally – and most importantly – he is this friend:
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are.”
We’ve had a lot of good times, my friend and I. Ah, the stories, the embarrassing stories… For years, we were “besties” and even now – although we are not as close as we once were – I could still call him, grab a drink and it would feel just like we spoke yesterday. Our friendship is comfortable and healing. It is special and amazing…
He is the devil. He is one of a kind. He is irreplaceable and I adore him…
I have never been very good with goodbyes – and, thankfully, it isn’t actually “goodbye time” yet (hopefully it never will be). But the sky is darkening, as they say. So, I ask each of you – as a way to honor the friendship my friend and I share – please let your friends know how much they mean to you. Let them know how important they are and that you love them. Today.
Don’t wait till you have a “window.” Do it now, so you can both enjoy the moment.