Daily Reflections From My Window

April 12, 2021 Monday

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“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as it is, as the confidence of their help.”

Epicurus

I am so blessed to have good friends in my life. I woke up this morning not knowing what I was going to be thinking about and then I caught a glimpse of them: Wintergreen lozenges. There’s a story here. A good one.

If you read my posts regularly, you may be familiar with my friend Edyce and her sisters. We grew up as next door neighbors and she and I quickly became friends. I like to say that I’ve known her since she was born. There was a sibling for all of my siblings and an extra so we were all friends. We spent summers holding plays in our garages, having carnivals, selling candy at our own little candy stand and my favorite-campfires and s’mores around the campfire her Dad built in the backyard. Edyce is the cute little girl in the middle on the bottom row. So what does any of this have to do with those pink lozenges?

When we were growing up and would have a disagreement, one of us would extend the olive branch so to speak. Her family always had the pink lozenges and mine always had Zesta Saltines. If I found a little bundle of pink wintergreen lozenges on my doorstep, I knew our fight was over. Same when I would sneak a sleeve of saltines over to her doorstep. It was our secret language of apology and love.

So last week, a package arrived from her. In it were the 2 bags of lozenges. I immediately thought that she was apologizing for something, so I called her right away. “No”, she said, “I saw them and thought of you! I HAD to buy them!” Whew!

It’s my hope that everyone has a friend like her. She is one of the most thoughtful people I know. She is so good about sending cards, for any and every occasion! Jay knows now to always hold any package or card from her over a table because it will usually be filled with sparkles or confetti! She’s been with me through thick and thin and though we live far apart, she is in my heart and my thoughts every day. I love it when she calls me her sister (she already has 4!). She’s a very special person. As Epicurus says, I have the confidence of her help and she has mine.

So my dear friend, this post is for you. My special sister. I love you more than you know. Stay strong and know that we are here for you. Please readers pray for healing for her husband John. Right now he is fighting pancreatic cancer and in true John style, beginning a new building project! That’s the way! They are both so special.

Here’s to friendship like this. May you have one, May you be one.

Now off to more bookwork. My friend Edyce is a natural there. Me, not so much. I’m itching to do something with fiber. I have a show in two weeks. The crew is working away at growing fiber.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!