I have mentioned it before, but I really do have some very good friends. I don't see all of them all the time, or even talk to some of them on a frequent basis, but every now and again, they will pop up and remind me that they care. Over the last 24 hours I had three friends pop up with random acts of kindness, and I really needed that right now.
Thank you Sara, Rebecca, and Keli.
This week is my friend Sara's birthday. I try to wish my friends a 'happy birthday week' at the beginning of each birthday week. I do this because I want them to know I'm thinking of them...to know that I am not doing it because my phone calendar or facebook reminded me, but because I remembered them. So I wished Sara Happy Birthday Week and later in the evening she wrote a public post on facebook to thank me for thinking of her. This was a simple thing to do, but it reminded me that people are sometimes appreciative of the little things I do. I try to be giving and it gets discouraging at times when I feel that my kindness has been taken for granted. It was a needed reminder that people do take notice of what I try to do to be a good friend.
I have talked about Rebecca before. She owns the Fan Feet company with her partner, and often includes me in exclusive UNC Carolina Club member events. It really means a lot to me that she always invites me to these events that not everyone has access to. Today was the UNC Basketball kickoff breakfast. Although I'm straight, from time to time I get girl crushes. A long time crush (since I was in high school) is Ivory Latta, a star UNC basketball player who went on to play for the WNBA. I got to meet her this morning at the breakfast and honestly, that was way more exciting to me than hearing Coach Roy Williams speak.
Then today, I had lunch with my friend Keli. I was planning to buy Keli lunch because her grandfather passed away last week, but she beat me to it. It was unexpected and much appreciated. She really is such a good friend, to listen to me talk about all the things that have been going on with me, and really care, when I know that she has been dealing with a lot of sadness herself.
It really is the small gestures that make the biggest difference.