Today I'm thankful for wonderful friends. I was just thinking today about what it means to be a "real" friend. I've always heard that sometimes when someone's circumstances change, so do their friends. I had never really experienced this until this year when I lost my job as a school teacher and could not find another one. Someone who I thought was one of my closest friends made the comment that I got to sit on my butt all day and draw unemployment while she had to go out and work. She seemed really angry at me instead of happy that this unemployment was a blessing (that I had to fight for) that would enable us to pay some bills and put some food on the table. Ever since then, she hasn't talked to me much or come around to see me or the baby. Funny how people put their own selfishness and judgements on others, even friends, when they don't fit their "ideals." I've never done anything to this woman, yet she continues to make comments about me being unemployed on public forums like facebook, to which I did not reply. It wasn't worth it!
So anyway, I'm thankful for those people who have no judgements or conditions for our friendship. I'm thankful for those people who exhort, pray for, call, write to, bless and encourage me. They don't want anything for me but happiness and they don't want anything in return. They do their best to make sure that I know I am loved! That's a real friend! And I love you all!