FRIENDSHIP – This past week I have been touched by the friendship of so many in this community. How fortunate I am to be able to share joys and tears and concerns and songs with friends. These friends are those I have known only a few weeks, friends I have known now for decades, friends I know only through this column and friends who are always there when I need a listening ear and a caring heart.
This week a hand written letter arrived at the Courier-Observer office. My thanks this week to a new friend Gladys who took time to write to let me know she, too, enjoys Koffee Kup Donuts. Gladys told me I can find them at Als Superette in Norfolk and at the Big M in Norwood, that is if you get there quick enough, Gladys said. I also learned from this loyal reader, as she signed her letter, that Koffee Kup Donuts also make jelly donuts and crullers, too. How marvelous. Someone not only read this column, but then took the time to write, sharing Over Coffee My thanks to Gladys – my new friend this week.
And there was coffee and lunch to be shared at Common Grounds with Lynn (the woman who introduced me to Koffee Kup Donuts). Lynn is another newfound friend. How nice it is to visit and share and learn of our amazing connections.
How blessed I am to be able to call friends, the young men and women I have visited and sung with each month (and for birthday celebrations, too!) for now over 10 years.
On a recent visit on a Sunday morning, there was an invitation to share a cinnamon roll. The company of friends was wonderful and the homemade cinnamon roll was the richest, most delicious I have ever tasted. My thanks to Amy, another newfound friend, for sharing her culinary skills and for the invitation to join in sharing around the table.
The coffee shared with Lori Collins at Hairitage House on Friday was never more delicious because of the conversation of family and dear friends – again friendship filled the hair salon on East Orvis Street. And I was most grateful.
How touched I have been this week with cakes shared and songs sung, laughter and concerns all shared over pizza, cake, coffee and cake and cake and laughter on a Saturday morning and pounds of coffee shared by a friend of nearly 40 years. There was a coffee gift card shared by a young man I have known his entire life and his family. There was shared fudge at Phil and Jackies and the kindest of assistance at Seasons, too. The beauty of floral arrangements now fills our home with the anticipation of spring. Each note sent, each e-mail received and gift given by dear friends, including my canine friend Heidi, all touched my heart.
On Sunday I was handed a card with the comment that this was being delivered for another. I knew a relative of the one making the delivery so thought I knew who might be sending a card. After Sunday morning coffee was shared with friends who have such wonderful listening hearts, I traveled to our Bombay home from Massena. I read the front of the card, which was very meaningful and then the card was opened. Tears flowed – tears of joy, tears of overwhelming thankfulness for friends who have no idea how much they touch my life.
This card was filled with hand written notes from my dear, dear friends at Hannaford Supermarket and from Cornells Dry Cleaning. What extraordinary individuals each one is – they perform their job at the stores where they are employed, but always go the extra mile caring for each one who enters that store. I am so grateful that I have no major problems in this life to deal with – but on occasion when I enter the store there are concerns on my mind that are troubling at least to me at that moment.
Each one at both Cornells and Hannafords has a way – with a smile, a friendly greeting or the comment about what they might do with my request to bag my milk container – that my day is always better when I leave.
There are no words adequate for your shared greetings this week. My heartfelt thanks dont express the depth of my appreciation for your outpouring of greetings.
I am completely overwhelmed by the friendships expressed. I know if there was a concern or a joy to be shared I could call a friend or stop at the Hannafords deli or bakery or share as I checked out in the front of the store. My heartfelt thanks to each of you. Isnt the North Country a marvelous place to live and shop? I certainly know so!
WELCOME SPRING – Today is officially the first day of spring. It is indeed cause for celebration. Even if there is newly fallen snow on the ground, we know warmer days and crocus and daffodil filled lawns are soon to be enjoyed.
BIRTHDAY WISHES – Tom Sullivan will celebrate his birthday on March 24. What a fine gentleman and good friend. Tom is another businessman in Massena who is always there for those in need – he has been there when I have needed assistance on more than one occasion. And for that I have always been most grateful.
When you stop to enjoy Rotary Pancake Day on Saturday or visit Seasons or Sullivans Office Supply look for Tom Sullivan and wish him a very happy birthday. Have a great day, Tom, and a wonderful year ahead – you deserve only the best as you celebrate this year.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget. (Sign on the wall across from Lori Collins counter at Hairitage House)