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My Village

Originally published on Facebook on 03/29/2019

Believe it or not, I do try to look for the silver lining in bad situations. And this year has been a doozie as you know. But my silver lining here has been discovering my village.

I love all of my Facebook connections. I don’t collect friends for the sake of increasing my friend count. I collect friends because they mean something to me. Because they add something missing from my life and each one of you are here for a different reason.

I have family - they sort of have to love me. Even though I’m kind of the black sheep. Even though I am not super at reaching out and actively being a member of the family. They are there.

I have friends from high school. Some I haven’t seen in YEARS and yet when my life was crumbling around me they were among the first to reach out to me.

I have work friends - every time I have left a job I have taken a few people with me that will remain my friends no matter where we work.

I have mutual friends. Friends that I know because of him that have let me know that they are here for me too. That this doesn’t change our friendship. I hope that stays true though I know it will be a challenge.

I have friends that were former clients. Couples that I married or coordinated their weddings. It means so much to me that you consider me a friend, not just another wedding day vendor.

I have friends I have only met once that have taken the time to help me move, or offered a place to stay, or just a shoulder to cry on.

I have friends I haven’t seen in years offering to have me visit - some of whom I barely know outside of Facebook but none the less have offered a chance to get away. A respite from this nightmare.

EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. OF. YOU. has been there to lift my heart. I read all of your comments. Sometimes I don’t quite know how to respond so I end up saying nothing. But your comments and messages really do help. More than you can imagine. It means so much to me that you take time out of your busy lives to let me know that you are thinking about me.

I know I have a rough road ahead of me. But I know I can make it with the love and support of all of my friends. Thank you is far too inadequate but I don’t know what else to say.

Thank you.

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