I am feeling grateful tonight for some of the relationships I see around me. First one that comes to mind is my son and his friends. Yesterday Brandon found out he didn’t make the sports team he was trying out for in high school. It was a sad night for him. But soon after he got home, and we all mourned with him and heard his thoughts about it, his friends called to see if he was coming over. He has a great group of neighborhood friends who ride their bikes to school, are in scouts together, play video games together, watch movies, and have played in the neighborhood since they were younger. I felt so grateful he had something to do to soothe the blow last night. Again today, they all went and got some dinner together on their bikes. Brandon seems fine. The disappointment is there, but he is dealing with it, and having good, supportive friends helps.
This week we have been working on relationships in the house. We have had a complete turnaround in some of them. Where there once was underlying tension and some animosity, we have friendship, kindness, and fun. Not only that, the girls are becoming a better support and listening ear for each other. Friendships at home are fabulous.
Nicole had time to spend with two of her closest friends today. It has been lonely for a couple of months with school pressures and sickness. This week there is a light back in her eyes with more time with her friends. It is such a blessing to have friends to share thoughts and feelings and fun.
Erik and I had time for an early walk together and went out for dinner for our date last night. Time to talk about what is on my mind with my best friend keeps me centered and balanced. All in all, these friendships can be healing and sometimes right at the time when they are most needed.