If there is one thing I have learned in my lifetime, it is the value of true friendship.
Those people in your life who stand by your side through thick & thin, through the good & the bad. Their friendship never wavers.
Today I am writing about one of those friends, in honour of her 70th birthday.
We call her the Queen.
I can’t recall exactly when she took reign but I do know that she received the title based on being the Queen of all things in our minds.
15 years my senior, there are countless times in our 30+ year friendship, I have turned to her for sage advice.
Her wisdom in knowing when to just listen & when to offer encouraging direction, when to question & when to just nod in agreement, when to be open to a new perspective & when to cry bullshit. She can cry bullshit like no other person I know!
She is one of the kindness people I know, happily & unselfishly bestowing the most thoughtful of gifts upon you when you least expect it. I cannot recall the number of times I have opened my mailbox to find a beautifully handwritten note on a card sent just because.
And so, as we celebrated the 25th anniversary of girls weekend this past fall, we opted to also celebrate the Queen’s 70th so that this significant milestone did not sneak by unnoticed.
A weekend filled with reminiscing, sharing, & gift giving but most importantly, it was a celebration of the beautiful friendships formed through this remarkable group of women.
To the Queen on her actual birthday, I humbly bow to your majesty. The laughter & the tears we have shared over the years are tucked deep in my heart.
I am so grateful for your friendship & the impact you have had on my life, simply for having had you in it.
I wish you the happiest of days today & always my dear friend. I hope the joy you spread so willingly on others, comes back to you tenfold on your very special day.
I love you with all of my heart.
All hail the Queen!