“I will be your roots. Your friends, we will be your roots. Root in us. Root in those who love you.”
We all have those friends who are just so wise and wonderful, who tell you not just what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. They love you enough to tell the truth, to encourage you to see what is really there, no illusions and to help you, through all of your troubles and follies. I have been blessed with several of these friends and I cannot tell you what I would have done without them.
I had lunch with a dear friend yesterday and some much needed girl talk was had. And during that time, she said some very profound things – as she usually does, since she has wisdom beyond her years. I spilled my heart out to her with how I had been and where things are.
It’s has been hard finding my footing after loosing both parents so close together. My friend made a great observation: She said that I was grounded in my parents, family is where I put my roots. And now that they are gone, I have no roots. So now I am desperately searching for my roots now.
My parents and I were very close, as I talked to them once a day. And they were always visiting because of Dad’s cancer treatments. No matter what problems I had, they were there for me. I was so very blessed.
So now what? She looked at me, smiled and said “I will be your roots. Your friends, we will be your roots. Root in us. Root in those who love you. We will root each other.”
And I cried. To have such love and friendship is beyond a blessing.
And so I move forward, finding a place to put my roots in the fertile ground of Faith, Friends and Family. While I am still fragile and vulnerable, I know I will be OK, safe in the arms of such unconditional love.