Five Minute Friday: Friend

Five Minute Friday 

Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

After a hiatus of sorts, I’m linking up again with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday.  Love the chance to write and read and think and share!

This week’s prompt?  Is friend.

Writing about my friends?  Is nothing but a pleasure πŸ™‚


Of the many, many blessings in my life – family, health, home, talents, job, kitties, adorable fiancΓ© – my wonderful friends often stick out as one that I must appreciate and take joy in.  Every single day.  If you had told me back in childhood how full to the brim my life would be with inspirational, loving, giving, hilarious people who I adore and who love me just as I am, I’m not sure I would have believed you.

These are the people who make me me.  Who have listened to my ridiculous songs, my stories, my problems; dried my tears of sorrow, pain or frustration; supported me; whooped with joy when I’ve announced a new job, a new home, an engagement; hugged me when I need the warmth and comfort of a dear friend; set me straight when I’ve needed to woman up; and made me laugh, time and time and time again.

The love and joy and wonder they pour into my life is amazing.  It’s the late night text message, the singalong in the car, the facebook post when I’m feeling a little low, the insistent belief that I’m pretty / clever / worthwhile (even when my own disloyal heart cries out otherwise!).  I’m so lucky to walk through life with such an awesome cast of characters.

My friends teach me something daily and never fail to inspire.  In their own, very different ways, these men and women show me how to live well, and make me want to be a better person because of how brilliant they are.  Their talent, intelligence and kindness frequently leaves me agape and I am so blessed by their generosity, warmth and love.  Like almost everyone, I’ve had poor friends too in the past – the unkind, the gossipy, the manipulative – but now I’m even grateful for them and for those tricky times.  Having dealt with those people makes me all the more aware how lucky I am in my friends now.

If I’m half the friend to them my friends are to me, I would happily consider myself a success.  I give thanks for the people I call ‘friend’ every day, and I truly hope that everyone reading this has people in their life that make them feel just as happy.


Happy Friday, all!


  1. Denise
    26th April 2013 / 11:03 am

    Really nice post.

    • Claire
      30th April 2013 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Riot Kitty
    27th April 2013 / 5:12 am

    You are a major success! πŸ™‚

    • Claire
      30th April 2013 / 9:35 pm

      *blushes*Thank you, lovely.

  3. Christielli
    27th April 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Awww awesome posts. Friends are the awesome, and I'm so glad that you are my friend.

    • Claire
      30th April 2013 / 9:35 pm

      Ditto, my love.

  4. Brie
    27th April 2013 / 8:26 pm

    This is perfect! Challenging is exactly what a friend needs to be- always pushing us to go forward. What a blessing you have in your life with friends who can love and support you for being YOU! Great writing.

    • Claire
      30th April 2013 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Brie! My friends really do inspire me πŸ™‚

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