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Thirty odd years of friendship
And what does it mean?
Was it an illusion?
Or perhaps just a dream

It is over now
From a misunderstanding or other
Broken - shattered
Not to be recovered

I tried to make it up
By writing and visiting
Somehow or other
There is just something missing

That closeness has gone
Just flittered away
I do not know how to put it back
Or what more I can say?

Where did our friendship falter?
Was it really from my name change?
Or the issues with her husband?
And mine from my mother?

We did not see it coming
Perhaps if we had
We might have done some fence mending
Long before it went bad

I feel slighted
She does not seem to forgive no matter what I do
So I will get on with my life
Following the dreams of my heart

I had hoped that we could build a new friendship
Not from the ashes of the other
But based on our mutual interests
But I often think why bother?

Let the past go
And get on with my life
Shake the dust off my shoes
Life is too short for gripes

So long to this three decade friendship
It was lovely while I had it
The memories are mostly happy
And no one can take that away

Amanda Martin-Shaver
28 December 2000

People come into your life for a reason,
a season, or a lifetime.
When you figure out which it is,
you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a reason,
it is usually to meet a need
you have expressed
outwardly or inwardly.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually.

They may seem like a god-send,
and they are.
They are there for the reason
you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part ...
or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up or out
and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that
our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled;
their work is done.

The prayer you sent up
has been answered
and it is now time
to move on.

When people come
into your life for a season,
it is because your turn has come
to share, grow, or learn.

They may bring you an experience of peace
or make you laugh.
They may teach you something
you have never done.

They usually give you an
unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It is real!
But, only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
those things you must build
upon in order to have a solid
emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person/people (any way);
and put what you have learned to use
in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind
but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life.

Author Unknown

Amanda Martin-Shaver