I did a bad thing...well, a disloyal? unloving? thing. I bailed on some friends whom a) I've known forever, and b) have always been my bestest cheerleaders. Interestingly enough, they are married to one another, so I bailed on them individually and as a couple, and as a family, because they have 3 magnificent children.
Did you ever get tot he point where you don't return a phonecall because of...whatever? (In my case it was sadness and shame. I was in a bad spot - again.) And then, you keep not returning the calls and emails and then its been so long that you're just waaaay too humiliated to call? Yup, that's where I was.
So one day N. called and I answered. His compassion and kindness were overwhelming to say the least. I promised to call H., which I did. And do you know what she told me? "We don't care, we just want you back". And I could have died of relief and gratitude. These are sterling people who love me and I love them back. So here's to second chances...ok, 9th chances. And open hearts, and unconditional love, and the real meaning of family.
All credit to John McPherson for the snagged comic.