thank you for bein’ a friend

Just a quick shout out to Lesley and Erin, two of my dear friends and a comment on the nature of friendship. I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my 13-year-old daughter about the nature of true friendships vs acquaintances,  a subject that has a lot of relevance to a 13-year-old, but also one we can all relate to now and again.

I just spent a lovely evening with Erin and Lesley, discussing various and sundry, and watching another gripping episode of Grey’s Anatomy. And drinking wine. And eating chocolate food. And now that they have gone, and I have sat down at my blog, I made the connection between our evening together and my conversations with my daughter.

Friendship is…

saying something and then immediately saying, “oh my God, did I just say that out loud? That sounded horrible.” And knowing that your friends can relate, don’t judge you, and maybe even agree.

knowing that later on, after they’ve left, you won’t obsess about whether or not they’re secretly appalled by anything you said, and in fact, they’re not.

laughing at yourself when you’re with them, and laughing at them too.

crying when you’re upset and not feeling the need to apologize. And being glad that your friend feels like they can be upset and share that with you.

crying when something tragic happens on Grey’s Anatomy, and having one of your friends laugh and say, “pull yourself together woman!” as she hands you a kleenex.

So thank you, Lesley and Erin, for a perfectly lovely evening! I’m so grateful that you are in my life.



About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a yoga and fitness instructor and personal trainer. And I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. My life is defined by my family, and right now, that means chronic worry and fear. Thank God for my faith and the support of my family and friends. I started this blog to talk about all sorts of things, but now I focus on Syria. Until this war is over, I, like all Syrians with a love for their country and their families, am a prisoner of this war, waiting to see what will be left after the dust settles. I pray for the safety of my family and for my country to survive and repair itself in the future. God willing.
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