Friends are special. And while finding the really special ones seems to be hard, I find that keeping them close to you is even trickier. I've had a few times when I met someone and my heart was instantly drawn to them and life seemed suddenly a bit more beautiful! But how many times have I let those friendships whither away? To be honest, I'm not a very good friend and it roots from my childhood. Since I was a little girl, I was always solo. And I loved being solo. I had a handful of playmates I would have fun with, but the real imaginative and creative in me would come out when I was playing by myself in a little corner. Naturally comfortable with being alone, and also very capable to socialize when need be, I never really felt the need to have many friends. It also had a lot to do with the fact that I was always moving around the globe and keeping in touch with long distance friendships was a very hard thing to do for me.
At the same time, I always did have a partner. Whether it was my first boyfriend (who also happens to be my first kiss!) of age 5, or my elementary school girlfriend who was attached to me at the hip; my twin, as they would call us, during junior high because we were so close, or my wonderful boyfriend right now, I had a few key people in my life that I really cherished everyday. But as I grow a little older and find that there seems to be less and less opportunities to meet new friends, I realize how important it is to keep my old ones.
Friendship truly takes a lot of commitment and investment in order for it to grow, like anything really valuable, I suppose. And just as much as Andrew is a great partner in my life right now, I continually find the need to have friends to live life with me as well. Friends are support systems, they're tissues, they're comedians, and if you're lucky, they're the best teachers too. So to all my friends, I love you deeply and I'm so thankful for you! I promise I'll do better and I'll call/come out more often. Heehee. Thanks for being a part of my life, no matter how meek of a state it is in, and for accepting me any how. You guys are truly something special to have and to hold!
Wait, have you noticed the beautiful photographs up here? Of course you have! They are all from a wonderful blog called To have and to hold (hence my title inspiration...). Two special friends decided to put their passion in design and weddings and all things beautiful to good use and started a small wedding invitation adventure! They marked their first month a week ago, but the blog is already so full with wonderful resources and goodies to be inspired by. Please have a visit – it's not only great for brides-to-be, but just beautiful design in general. Okay, and here's another reason why I'm so excited for them! THESE LADIES HAPPEN TO BE MY SPECIAL FRIENDS. Hehe! You ladies are so talented and so inspiring and I'm so proud of you!! Keep it up!!