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“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I’ve known many wonderful people and have enjoyed the company of thousands.

Through them I’ve learned about many cultures and I’ve learned to embrace diversity with an open heart and mind.

I have shared sorrows and joys

I have laughed and cried – sometimes in the space of seconds!

Although only acquaintances, they have made my life richer.

Of close and life-long friends, I boast only a handful.

One of the greatest pleasures in my life are my friends.

One of the greatest challenges in my life are my friends.

They hold me up when I can’t stand…

and they confront me and don’t back down when I’m wrong.

Hard words between us cannot overshadow our mutual love and respect.

Not distance, nor time, nor circumstance can ever come between us.

They are a treasure

a salve for my wounds…

I love them dearly.

A true friend…

warms you with her presence,

trusts you with her secrets,

and remembers you in her prayers.

We’ll be friends forever, won’t we?

Even longer.

Have you told your friends how much they mean to you lately?