365 Days of Gratitude: January 11th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Getting my errands done and back home before the forecasted freezing rain arrived.
  2. A closet full of fabric.  Now to get the rest of the studio done so I can actually do some sewing!
  3. Lorne managed to loosen some of the worst knots in my shoulders.

And the person I’m grateful for today is my oldest and dearest friend, Sean Oeder.

I met Sean when I was 15 years old, which means I’ve known him for more years than I want to count.  I honestly don’t remember exactly how we met, it might have been when I got involved with the Theatre Arts department or it might have been when my boyfriend at the time took me with him to Sean’s house.  I do know it was Sean who got me into pen and paper role playing games and computer gaming.  So one could say I wouldn’t be where I am now if I’d never met him.

Sean introduced me to my first husband, which I’ve completely forgiven him for. 😛  He was the Best Man at my first wedding and is still friends with my ex.  I am extremely grateful that Sean never took sides in my divorce and never believed that being friends with one of us meant he couldn’t be friends with the other.

Sean is one of those friends I can not talk to for months or even years, then one day pick up the phone or send an email and it’s like we just chatted the day before.  In fact, I think there was a good seven year span where we completely lost track of each other and then one day we met up for lunch like those years had never passed.  Nowadays we keep better track of each other on Facebook. 🙂

I think Sean has seen me more clearly than I’ve seen myself, sometimes.  He’s never judged me or tried to change me, he’s always just taken me as I am.  I don’t think he’s ever tried to change my mind about one of my decisions he thinks is wrong, nor said “I told you so” when he was proven right.  He’s always let me do my own thing, been supportive where he could, and helped me pick up the pieces when I’ve needed it.

So thank you Sean, for being a true friend.

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