How Much Love Inside a Friend? – Shel Silverstein

When you think about your friends, some are friends for life, others for a season and some for minute. Some know you super well.  Others know you inside and out. And more that you are just getting to know.  Friendships take 2 people. It can’t be one-sided friendships….well not for long anyway. I am blessed to have the best friends in the world. I know…we could ALL say that. But, really – I have the best! But, my friends come from different parts of my life, and they don’t necessarily know each other. When I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment a couple of years ago, connectedness was…and is…my number one strength. I love to connect thoughts and people together.

Marti's 50th Invite


So…for my 50th birthday…I wanted to get my girlfriends together…for an evening of relaxation, giggles, laughter, conversation and of course, good food. Louis recruited several of his guy friends to join him in prepping, cooking, and serving us dinner in an outdoor garden party. (Side note: THEY TOTALLY ROCKED IT! and worked sooo hard! Much thanks!)

Louis asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  I wanted my gift to be a gift to these ladies. They have loved, supported, listened to me, cried with me, prayed with me, lent me an ear and a shoulder. They have giggled with me, laughed right out loud with me, introduced me to Louis, took me to Romania, shared their kids with me, been on road trips with me, worked with me, been my family, smacked me silly (when I needed it)…. I could go on and on.

There were some who couldn’t attend….and they were missed tremendously.  In retrospect, there are some friends I regret not inviting, but I know they are my true friends…and will forgive me for my omissions.

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it.

How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it.

How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em.

How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.

― Shel Silverstein

I am overflowing with love because of the love that has been given to me over the last 50 years.  My friends have loved me well. Hopefully that night, some spilled out and filled your cup.  To my friends…near and far, new and old, young and old… I love you.  Looking forward to the decades to come! Thanks for making it a great night!

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Letter to My Friends

Letter to My Friends