Mar 31, 2016

A Friend Like You..ANNA

There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder,
smile a little bigger and live just a bit better...ANNA

We met during one of the most difficult times in our lives. Some 20 years ago back in California.
At the time I had just lost my first husband, Paul Michael Riley in a motorcycle accident.
My friend Anna had just lost her mother to cancer.  Just a terrible time for us.

Dr. Multani was his name.  The psychiatrist that was recommended to me.  I went there 
with no expectations.  I was not open to listening to him or anyone telling me what  
was wrong.  I knew what was wrong and no matter what anyone said, it would 
not change the fact that Paul had died.  Nothing would nothing did.

As I walked into the reception room, I saw another girl there.  As devastated as I was.  
Tears rolling down her face.  Unstoppable.  We met under these circumstances. Tragedy
 brought us together, but the bond we formed surpassed all of that.  It brought 2 souls in need
of comfort and of friendship together.  Anna did for me what no psychiatrist was able to do.

We talked.  We cried.  We laughed, and so began a friendship that is stronger today than ever.
I left California with my 5 cats.  Anna was there with me through it all.  The night I 
left California the Santa Ana winds were going crazy.  It seemed not the best way to
 start a new life, but with Anna talking to me throughout all of it I happened.

Our friendship has had its test and it has survived many a not so good times, but through
it all we survived and every time the bond we have just grows stronger.  When I left 
California, I gave her my plants.  When I saw her last October, those plants were
thriving.  Looked even better than when I had them.  Brought me to tears.

We have been there for each other through many a difficult times inn our lives. She is
my lifeline during this hard period of my life.  Not a day goes by that she does not send me 
some comforting message, a call or some other thoughtful thing that is typical for Anna.

When Brutus died, she sent us 2 cards.  I cried even more.  For losing him and because 
I have such a special friend.  I just thank my lucky stars for having her in my life.
Again I ask myself, what have I done to deserve such a good person in my life?

Life has taken us through many different paths.  Not always easy.  I know this is how it is
for so many of us.  Difficult times show us who our real friends are.  Difficult times teach
 us lessons that will forever become part of us and of the person we evolve into.

I sometimes wish life was easier not only for me and Anna, but for so many I know, and for
those I don't.  Someone said, you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

To my friend Anna, wishing you always the best life has to offer.  Your luck needs to
change soon.  You have gone through to many a rough times, and I know it is now
 time for Anna to see some of the goodness in life that she gives to others.

Thank you Anna for being my friend and for sharing my journey through the good,
 and not so good times in the last 20+ years.  Here is to us and to many more
 years of friendship.  May our journey continue on until the end of time.

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves...