Late last week, a friend of mine informed me she had a gift for me. Receiving gifts is definitely one of my love languages, so needless to say I was excited to see what I would be receiving. This particular friend is not someone I see on a regular basis or even talk to weekly. But she is a valued person in my life because she “SEES” me.
My friendship with Meika blossomed during a time of change in my life. I pride myself on adapting to change and “rolling with the punches.” I was taught early in life to “make a plan and then make a back up plan for the plan.” However, life threw me a couple of curveballs that flattened me a bit….and then Meika appeared. Not as an angel from the sky, per se, but more as a calming force, a gentle breeze; someone who could look at me and ask, “You ok?”, even though I was smiling and cracking jokes. She could “SEE” me. As time moved forward, I became even more energized by her youth, her smart mouth, and her spirited attitude. I grew to appreciate her wisdom and encouragement to be a more patient person, a more understanding mother, and a better therapist.
Her gifts have also shown me she “SEES” me. From jewelry, to cardigans, to lighthouses, my friend has shown her attention to the little things in my life and concern for me. Today’s gift was no different. She knows how much I love Kane, my son’s Cane Corso. Even though I gifted Kane to my son, I treat him like another son. When I opened my gifts and looked at Meika, she explained how she understood why I love Kane so much. I hugged her tightly and whispered in her ear, “Thank you for SEEING me.”
I will forever be grateful, not for perfect friends, or friends who always agree with me, but for friends that love me unconditionally, that give a strong chick like me permission to be vulnerable, for friends like Meika that “SEE” me.
I love my gifts! #dogmom