It has been a rough year.
A very, very rough year.
A pandemic. An abrupt ending to my last year as a classroom teacher. An expected, yet unexpected death. Limited time with family and friends. Missed memories with my nieces. A brand new nephew I have yet to meet in real life. Endless Zooms and suffocating face masks. Stress of the unknown.
It has been tough. And isolating. And emotional.
But it has been a year full of gratitude, too.
Gratitude for friends who show up and are always there- even when life is not being kind to them.
Friends who text to check in. Who knew the power a “How are you today?” text could have?
Friends who let me be an emotional mess- and don’t judge me for it.
Friends who share their most prized possessions without a second thought- books.
Friends who claim they’ve misplaced your address… “I’m sending out Christmas Cards this year!” That “Christmas Card” was really a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my Thanksgiving table.
And friends who claim they’ve misplaced your address yet again- “I’m sending you a Valentine in the mail!” That “Valentine” turned out to be a beautiful pink flower that arrived today.
A Tillandsia Summer.
Fondly named Tilly Sue.
While this year has been full of more downs than ups, I am so grateful for the friends who show up.
I’m so lucky to have them in my life. ❤