Friendships take time and effort. As a mother raising eight children, I didn’t have the time or the inclination to cultivate many friends. Now, I treasure them. One friend in particular, my co-author for Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink, was consistently there for me when I was unexpectedly widowed in 2012. She traveled once a month to take me out to lunch and listen, really listen, to my laments. Not only do we keep in touch with handwritten letters and cards, which is a very tangible way to show that we care, but we make sure to schedule personal visits, no matter how busy our lives get.
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