My very Dearest Friend,
I am writing this because I have something very important to say to you that you need to hear. I love you. I think you are Fabulous and Wonderful and Practically Perfect In Every Way. You think you are weak and mean and hateful. You are not. You are one of the kindest, strongest, most generous people I know. I’m not just saying that. Remember when you opened the door for the woman who was trying to push a grocery cart loaded with food and a baby while also struggling to maintain a hold on the toddler who was hell-bent on running out into the parking lot? What about the time you gave your seat up on the train to the old man with a cane? And how about the time your relationship fell apart and you thought you wouldn’t make it through without a nervous breakdown? And let’s not mention the many times I’ve asked you for your help or an ear to listen to my troubles. If that isn’t kindness, strength and generosity, then I don’t know what is.
You have always been there when I needed you, while I have been less than thoughtful with you. I haven’t called you back every time I said I would. I forget to mail your packages out so that when you visit you always take back a suitcase full of things I save for you throughout the year. I don’t save every email I get from you. But I do think about you. All the time. Every time I use the mug you sent me for Christmas because it had that lovely saying on it about friendship, I smile. Every time I wear the blouse or the perfume or the candle holder you sent me in one of your care packages, I think about you. And I know that any time I need to hear from you, you’re there. You give of your time so freely and I know how little of it you have. You are always busy but never too busy to answer me back when I need you most.
I want you to know that I appreciate it all. I am so lucky to have met you and to be your friend. You are extraordinary. You are special. And I am so very grateful to know you. Thank you for being the kind of person who accepts me as I am, and know that I accept you exactly as you are, warts and all. I think the world of you. Thank you for being in my life.
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