"I swear you could taste the chicken and tomatoes and the noodles and the marrow boneA good friend doesn't have to be a perfect friend. Imperfect friends are best. They understand me. They're like the wonderful soup stone that gives flavor to my days when things are dry.
But it really wasn't nothin' but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful wonderful soup stone" - Bobby Bare lyrics
Their hearts are kindly and their intentions are pure.
I thank you, good friends, for all you do and all you are. And you can be family. You can be children. You can be virtual friends, old friends, new friends, or strangers who open a door for me or give me a seat on the bus when I'm tired. You may be someone who forgives me without being asked.
You could be someone I last met two years ago, who wants to help me out with a new idea or project. You are brilliant and you are caring, and you are my link to humanity at a time when I may desperately need a friend. You don't always know who you are. But you may recognize yourself. I hope you do.
And I thank you.