I'm Thankful for Special Friends

By
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Thankful for Special Friends

 

A long call tonight with a dear friend we have known and been close to for 27 years inspired this thankful post.

 

We all have people in our lives that we consider friends…some more casual relationships than others but they are all important in our lives in a variety of ways nonetheless . But some friendships seem to be special in particular.

 

It’s not necessarily the length of time, although some very special friendships have lasted for decades. My wife has a very dear friend she’s known since 3rd grade! We have close friends we met when our daughters were starting preschool (well over 30 years ago) when we all worked in the corporate world.

 

The list goes on, but it’s not actually a long one, and that’s what makes those on the list so very special  in our lives.

 

Is that true for you, too?

 

Our conversation tonight with a dear friend back on the East Coast made me realize how deep some of these friendships are, no matter what has happened nor how long it’s been since we actually saw each other in person.  Turns out that doesn’t matter, since these friendships transcend time and distance, and it’s doesn’t matter how we stay in touch – email, text, phone, social media, letters and cards, fond memories, and thankfully in person, too.

 

These special friendships are important for the love we have for each other. It doesn’t matter, really, what we do or say. We all are who we are, no matter what, and we love and respect each other for being who we are.

 

They are the kind of friends we could call at any time day or night, just to talk or because we needed them, and that would be just fine – no judgment.  And even if we haven’t talked or seen each other for a long time, the time wouldn’t matter and that phone call would feel like we just saw each other, even though there is catching up to do.

 

Close friendships are priceless. They really don’t come along all that often, but you know when they happen and there is something very special about that relationship. And before you know it years have gone by and the friendship is gotten even more special.

 

A long call tonight with a dear friend we have known and been close to for 27 years inspired this post.

 

We all have people in our lives that we consider friends…some more casual than others but they are all important to our lives in a variety of ways nonetheless . But some seem to be special in particular.

 

It’s not necessarily the length of time, although some very special friendships have lasted for decades. My wife has a very dear friend she’s known since 3rd grade! We have close friends we met when our daughters were starting preschool (well over 30 years ago) when we all worked in the corporate world. The list goes on, but it’s not actually a long one, and that’s what makes those on the list so very special  in our lives.

 

Our conversation tonight with a dear friend back on the East Coast made me realize how deep some of these friendships are, no matter what has happened nor how long it’s been since we actually saw each other in person.  Turns out that doesn’t matter, since these friendships transcend time and distance, and it’s doesn’t matter how we stay in touch – email, text, phone, social media, letters and cards, fond memories, and thankfully in person, too.

 

These special friendships are important for the love we have for each other. It doesn’t matter, really, what we do or say. We all are who we are, no matter what, and we love and respect each other for that. No questions asked.

 

They are the kind of friends we could call at any time day or night, just to talk or because we needed them, and that would be just fine – no judgment.  And even if we haven’t talked or seen each other for a long time, the time wouldn’t matter and that phone call would feel like we just saw each other, even though there is catching up to do.

 

Close friendships are priceless. They really don’t come along all that often, but you know when they happen and there is something very special about that relationship.

 

And before you know it years have gone by and the friendship has gotten even more special. And you realize how very important that relationship is in your life...indeed life would be empty without it!

Comments (18)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jeff,

Friends you can truly count on are far & few between. If you find any like that, hold on to them. They are more valuable than any money in the world.

Nov 23, 2021 08:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff you said it well and not everyone is a friend, some are acquaintances there is no price that can be put on true friends, Endre

Nov 23, 2021 10:13 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS there are friends I have since we were 3 years old . In fact I read Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  post last night and remembered I did not wish him a Happy Birthday . He is a retired Cardiologist  who now teaches at Stanford . There are 4 of us still alive . That kind of friendship Forever 

Nov 23, 2021 10:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Good advice Dorte Engel  Such friends are special in our lives.

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr.  true friends ARE priceless!

Jeff

Nov 23, 2021 10:15 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Having friends that truly care about us and will always be there for us is not something to take lightly.

Nov 24, 2021 04:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - acquaintances may be more common but the concept of friendship is rarer for me.   And its "vintage" is not always measured in number of years but in the quality.  

Nov 24, 2021 05:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

You described the concept of great friends beautifully.  Wishing you and yours a delightful Thanksgving. A

Nov 24, 2021 05:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree about the value of friendships. New ones, old ones, real friends are priceless.

Nov 24, 2021 05:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Jeff. Close friends are priceless treasures. I'm fortunate to have some. I've also lived through the loss of some... but we need to expect that as we get older. 

Nov 24, 2021 05:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hannah Williams 

How wonderful to have several life-long friendships. Something to treasure!

Jeff

Nov 24, 2021 08:15 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff unfortunately I have not kept in touch with any of my childhood, or school friends.  But my wife has known her best friend for over 50 years.  The two of them are like sisters and still consider each other their best friend even though they are 3,000 miles apart.  Special friendship are exactly that, special, and those who have those friendships are very blessed.

Nov 24, 2021 11:01 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Jeff! I swear, we are related! You remind me of the men in my family - your hearts are very similar. 

We are so very lucky to have great friends and I don't ever hesitate to thank them for being them either. I truly don't know what my life would have been without them!

And, thank YOU for your friendship! I am so appreciative of you and for CRS and AR for introducing us!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jeff...

Nov 24, 2021 12:04 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Close friends are priceless Jeff Dowler, CRS - some of my closest friends live back east yet we remain connected and are there to support each other or just have some giggle. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 24, 2021 01:35 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So very true Brian England 

Well said Michael Jacobs  How many is not important, it's the relationship itself that matters.

Jeff

Nov 24, 2021 04:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you for the kind words, Ron and Alexandra Seigel . Wishing you a wonderful holiday as well!!

Jeff

Nov 24, 2021 05:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well said Kat Palmiotti  Thank you for your thoughts!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Jeff

Nov 24, 2021 05:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jeff - we have some close friends but my thoughts go to the ones I have lost touch with.  Time to reach out.

Nov 26, 2021 08:12 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

True friends are indeed a treasure to cherish each and every day

Dec 08, 2021 07:56 AM