Friends who have known you for so long, you cannot remember your life without them in it.
Friends with whom you are totally at ease, who encourage you to embrace your wildness.
Friends who inspire you to expand your boundaries, to experiment and play.
Friends who look after you, who always know exactly what would make the moment even sweeter.
Friends who drop everything, making time to see you.
Friends of yours who meet for the first time and immediately expand the circle of friendship.
Friends who never fail to astonish you with the beauty of their spirit, their souls.
This summer I've been on a friendship binge, as if I've been starved for too long. I think it is the effect of mourning, a descent into grief that has been solitary and private but now as I emerge from the cocoon of loss, I find myself racing towards the light of a familiar face, the sunshine of good and loving company.
In friendship I find myself rejuvenated and healed. Ready for the coming adventures.
It's been a good summer, wouldn't you agree?