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October 16, 2009


Gratitude Friday: Friends

I’ve been thinking a lot about my friends lately. There are really all types of friends. There are the ones that you see every now and then and share a glass of wine or dinner and catch up what’s been happening since you last got together. There are the ones who are actually more like acquaintances-you may see them in passing or at a party and spend a few minutes chatting about whatever.

Then there’s the category of hard core friends. These are the ones that are there for you-no matter what. These are the people that you call in the middle of the night, crying, when a relationship ends. Or when you want to do something absolutely nuts and need a partner in crime! These are the ones who drive half way across the country to give you a ride home when you decided to move and have sold your car. Or let you move in with them for months and never pressure you to go! Or year after year open their incredible island home to you. These are the people that you can not see for years, but when you do get together, it seems like no time at all has passed and you laugh as you reminisce about things that happened so many years ago and wonder “were we really that young and that crazy?”.

Yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about friends lately because some good friends have slowly drifted apart. Women who for years met frequently and enjoyed good food and always drank champagne and laughed so hard that it was hard to catch your breath. These same women shared their ups and downs and no matter what could always find joy in just being together. I’m not sure what has happened-politics, religion and who knows what else, but what was once a tight knit group, can never seem to find the time to be together. I find it hard to accept.

Friends-here’s to all the incredible friends I’ve had over the years and especially to the ones that are always there, year after year. Grazie a voi!


10 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday: Friends

  1. I hear you. It is such a gift, such friendships. And when they drift apart, it really hurts. Good to remember to appreciate the love in our lives.

  2. Friends do come in all shapes, sizes and at different times in our lives, we have our friends from elementary school we can always relate to, our work friends, our neighbors, and friends that come into our lives when we least expect it(that would be you) –all of them make our lives richer!

  3. people who make you laugh are the absolute best. my husband is great at it.

  4. Diana-I want to thank you for starting Gratitude Fridays-it’s really helped me to focus on the good in my life.

  5. Margie-thankfully. J. does the same for me!

  6. Linda-it’s certainly a treasure to find a new friend like you!

    • Really nice website. Am making the Eggplant, Zucchini & Fennel Casserole tonight. Please tell me what an Italian green pepper is! I found a picture of an Italian sweet green pepper on line and took it to my “gourmet” market. They didn’t know either and thought maybe it looked liked an Anaheim pepper. So I bought 4 of them. They have a little spiciness to them. There’s A LOT after thinly slicing all of them. Maybe they are much larger than the peppers in your recipe. HELP! 🙂

      • Talby-it’s a long pepper, similar to an anaheim. If you think there’ s too many, don’t use them all-maybe 2 would be plenty. I think it would be better to have too few rather than too many. Hope it turns out alright.

      • Thanks so much!! It turned out GREAT! I actually used it as a main dish and used your suggestion of dollops of Ricotta between each layer. My husband loved it.

        Will make it again as a side dish with fish and rice. 🙂

      • Talby-so glad to hear that it was a success!

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