Tuesday, February 22, 2011


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
                                                                                   -Henri Nouwen

Marion Pellicano Ambrose
     As you read this quote, did the image of that special friend fill your mind?  You know the one I mean- the one who just appears when you’re feeling down. The friend who listens to you complain about someone who treated you badly and exclaims “that bitch!” even though she doesn’t even know the person! She knows your thoughts and anticipates your moods. She listens and brings chocolate and wine!

     Hopefully, each of us has such a treasure as this kind of friend. She’s the one you can confide in, and who won’t criticize or belittle. You can act the fool and she’ll laugh with you, not at you. She’ll have the good grace to forget most of what you said in anger and all of what you said (and did) when you had a little too  much wine! But most of all, she’s the one who feels your pain, your joy, your frustration and your triumphs as if they were her own.
     My wish for each of you is the blessing of a true friend and the opportunity to be such a friend to another!




  1. The song matched your post perfectly. I'm lucky to have a small circle of friends like this. I know what an incredible blessing that is. I'm going to send this to each of them to show them how I feel.

  2. Yes, that special friend came right to mind when I read this. To her I say thank you, I love you and I'll be there for you too.

  3. Nice post Marion. I have such friend you mention known her since 4th grade and greatful everyday she is in my life. Even though we are miles apart she is forever in my heart. She is my lifeline. We may not be sisters by blood but we most certainly are sisters in spirit. She impresses each an every day when chat her courage, her strength goes beyond words. And most of all her truth if it wasn't for her I don't know where I would be most days. Luv U Barb!

  4. This is why a girl needs her girlfriends! When you're at your lowest low, that's who you want to talk to. When you're happy beyond belief, this is who you want to tell because she will feel what you feel with you. Great post.

  5. You gotta have friends!!! So blest to have you as one of mine!!!