“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
― Muhammad Ali
Where would we be in life without our friends? They are the ones who entertain us on nights out, counsel us in hard times, walk the road of life alongside us and on many occasions supersede our spouses in our everyday life. I am more than lucky in the friends department, yet on occasions I can take friendship for granted.
Last weekend I faced a big problem. It was Friday night and, as I posted the other day, I was not feeling well, to say the least. On top of the awful anticipation of developing a full blown twenty four hour bug, I had a major worry, I was due to attend a swim meet as coach to a group of young swimmers the following morning at 8.30 a.m. I’d been pre-warned that it was to be an exceptionally long day, approximately nine hours long, due to the event being over prescribed. As I lay there thinking I might die, I wondered about those young swimmers. What could I do?
Later I heard the phone ring. Another amazing, very much under appreciated friend rang, my now traumatised other half, to say she had everything in hand. She had called in another friend of mine to relieve her, so that could travel and be there for the young swimmers. She had also sorted the day after for training, instructing me to worry not, just get better.
Only I was concentrating so hard on trying to stay alive I’d have cried when I was told. To have all your worries taken away when you are unwell is a wonderful feeling.
So now the joy of having a public blog, (I knew it would come in handy some day) is that I get to officially thank those people who stepped up and made a difference when I was so very much below par. Thank you Fiona, Kelly and Ray. I so appreciate your kindness and it’s official, I owe you.
Image by Caren Pilgrim.