Thank you friends, for all of your emails and comments on Facebook regarding my previous post! I am always up for discussion and I appreciate your support and insight. I am glad to say that after such wonderful conversations with some of you, I am even more steadfast in my decisions and priorities.
Today, I finished up a couple of little beaded projects for a dear friend who is moving. It is PCS (permanent change of station) season once again, and while I am glad it is our turn to stay put, I still have to, sadly, bid Au'Voir to others.
This dear friend of mine gifted me with her stash of beads earlier this year; she was so generous to enable me in my want to practice beading that she, one day, handed me a large storage bag of beads, findings, and tools. That's a good friend, dear Internets...one who trusts her craft goodies to another.
Also in the storage bag was a zip lock bag stuffed with a broken necklace. She had mentioned that she was disappointed that it broke, but was happy to add it to the rest of the stash.
I couldn't have her leave without me doing something about it.
I am a novice at this beading thing, but I was able to make a bracelet and a beaded bookmark from the broken necklace. They aren't complicated pieces like her necklace was originally, but I wanted to give a part of it back to her so she knew how much I appreciated her trust in me, that I would use the beads she gave me and then pass on the same good karma.
Friendships are much like beading aren't they? Lots of little bits of ourselves, others and our environment and situations, strung together. Each bead, while pretty in itself, is made even more beautiful accompanied by complimentary beads. And locked in together - complete.
But just as how strong a beaded project is depends on its cord, friendships depend on the strength and quality of communication. The honesty of words, the sincerity of tone, and the intention of message. I, for one, try not to take it for granted. As a nomad, I rely on it. As a woman with great BFF's, I thrive on it.
Thank goodness for phone, email, facebook and blogs.
"I get by with a little help from my friends" - Beatles, '67
I hope you all had a great weekend!