Sometimes we just need a hug, a pat on the back or a word of encouragement from someone that we know really cares. Deep down I have a huge desire to just be loved on and taken care of. At times it's hard for me to express that without coming across as being needy. My husband knows it and he knows exactly when I am needing that love and attention the most. But when I receive attention and love from other women, it truly meets a need in a therapeutic way. I have struggled with feelings of hurt a lot in my life, actually too much. It helps when someone comes along that can really just love you through it and believe in you no matter what. Family can do that, our husbands can do it but friends can do it like no other. Friends don't have to love you, they choose to. For that, I am so thankful for my precious friend Kathy. I like to refer to her as my "Fairy God Mother". Often she changes my world in a second with just something she says to me. She arrives on the scene and takes care of me. No matter how much I get down on myself, she shows me that anything is possible. I know that I can pick up the phone to call her and always have acceptance on the other end. She knows I don't like to be preached at. She knows I need gentle pushes as I face the truth in my life. I don't handle things well from a drill sergeant, she knows that. It's comforting to know she is in my corner and that she will always defend me and honor me no matter what. I really need that in my life. I think we all do!
Kathy, I will do the same for you. I love you and thank you for loving me as if I were your very own daughter. Happy Birthday Kathy! You are a gift to my family and we all love you so much.