And then driving home I got to thinking about all the people I had known up until this point in my life. There are some people that I can honestly say that I am very happy they are no longer in my life. Let's be honest, we all have those people. And then of course there are those people who simply passed through for a season, but I still won't forget ever them. But then there are those rare relationships. You know the ones I am talking about. Those people that you feel like you could just talk to forever and not get bored. Those people that seem to see all sides of you (even the ugly sides) but still love you and accept you with their whole heart. The people that when you reflect about certain experiences you've shared with them, you can't help but smile. And sadly sometimes these are also people that because of a certain turn of events you can't stay in touch with: you move, they move, they get married, you transfer to a different company, they have kids, you have kids.....you know, the usual life interruptions. And even though you are very content with your life there are moments where you remember them and are saddened your relationship has become an occasional hello over the telephone or a yearly Christmas card.
I just want to say to all those wonderful people out there (you know who you are) thank you for being a part of my life. No matter where I go, how old I get, how distant we become you will always, always be in my heart and in my most cherished memories.
I think James M. Barrie says it best when he says:
"GOD GAVE US MEMORIES SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ROSES IN DECEMBER."