Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C.S. Lewis
Red Beryl, Blue Diamonds, and Tanzanite are rare gemstones...much like the rarity of these gemstones are friends.
I have experienced moments, such as the one C. S. Lewis quoted above, at various intervals throughout my life; and usually they are at a point in time that I really need a true friend. My mother always taught me that you cannot consider everyone a friend, you have acquaintances, but not always friends. Growing up I made that fatal mistake of calling everyone a friend, just to have my feelings hurt in that pivotal moment when I realize they meant me no good.
As an adult I've learned that friends come by seldom. And in those rare moments that you meet one, you must learn to cherish them, and protect the friendship from external forces. That one girlfriend you can go to and share your closest secrets; the one that you can share your hopes and dreams with, these are to be nurtured and cherished. Nothing can separate true friendship, not betrayal, not lies, not jealousy, not money, not fortune or fame. They come once in a lifetime, and if you're lucky you get two.
I have been just that lucky. And I thank God for the beautiful women He gave me to be friends in this lifetime. I hope you are as blessed as I am.
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