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What?! You too? Or Letter to a Friend

By Tamu Bakery, Jan 22 2016 04:51PM

"Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself..." - C.S.Lewis


Like most people I have had all sorts of friends - some who lasted 5 minutes and others who have lasted for many years, users and givers, younger and older than me, male and female, people from different parts of the world, representatives of different faiths and sexual orientation. But nearly all my friendships started from the principle "What! You too?". I have bonded with people over my love of Japanese literature, world cinema, sharing recipes and life stories, travels, a passion for fighting for women's rights... Birthdays, parties, celebrating successes - easy ways to gather your friends around you. Try to do so at times of need... If they come to your rescue, then they are your true friends.


My various friends have appeared at different times, and have supported me in their own unique ways. Some have helped me adapt to emigrating here, some have supported me through illness, some have enabled me to overcome my biggest fears, or assisted me in finding a new career, some have encouraged me to go forward when I wanted to hide from the world. And for God's gift of friendship I am so grateful.


I will never forget getting the message about the death of a friend. It was sudden and seemed so unfair. I remembered having visited him just a month before that, and he gave me a figure of an angel for no reason. I understood why he did so many years later. And only recently going through the cupboards in my mum's house was I able to unwrap it, fondly remembering the love and good times we shared.


Somebody once said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit". My dear friends, a piece of cake and a chat is always here for you...


Love you all, and hope to hear from you soon.


Tamu