I called a friend of mine today. I haven’t spoken to her in, damn, it must be at least a year. Maybe even more. We email occassionally but I think of her all the time. She’s one of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. My dear, sweet Janet. Nothing romantic or anything like that but she touched my heart in a way that not many have.
I do have to admit that there are a couple other people that are in my life that I feel much the same way about. There’s TJ, of course. She and Janet have the same kind of giving nature. They always see the best in people and bend over backward to help someone out. Which, as most people know, is pretty much the opposite of how I operate. I’m too cynical for all of that.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown to know and love another person who reminds me of Janet and TJ. So I don’t embarrass her too much, I’ll call her Tam. Tam is kind, giving, and compassionate. She’s so much of what I wish I could be – just as TJ and Janet are. And, just like Janet, she’s deeply spiritual. Actually, now that I think about it, Janet’s father, if I remember correctly, is a minister and Tam’s father used to be a catholic priest. Interesting… And I’m an agnostic, ultra-liberal lesbian. Who would have thunk it? Not me. But I’m so happy that I have them in my life.
I’ve got several really good friends, but none are quite like these ladies. My friends are loving and kind, but none of them wear their hearts on their sleeves like these two. Sometimes it’s so hard to know how empathetic they are because I can see or hear the pain of it in them. Oh, by the way, I just realized they’re both Social Workers. Will the coincidences ever end?!