A long time ago, my dear friend Cinnamon (yes that is her real name) introduced me to her oldest friend, Tamitha. We became friends in spite of, in lieu of, or because of Cinnamon. I think I knew we would be friends forever from the first time we met.
One day we met up for lunch and when I unloaded the challenge I was facing, she just looked me in the eye and said, "That's hard, I don't have the answer to that, but I know you are going to be okay regardless of the outcome." Instead of being tritely comforting, "You'll get through it." or "It's not a big deal" or "It will work out." She gave me love and reassurance. We've spent many hours laughing and crying over the years, and it is always a good time when we are together. Right now, she is facing a big trial and I am in awe with how she is handing things with nothing but grace.
Recently, Tamitha turned 40, and her loving family threw her a giant elegant bash to celebrate. Tamitha is the one on the left, Cinnamon is the one on the right. i'm the one in the middle in case you couldn't tell.
In other words, the party was fantastic!