“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

– C. S. Lewis

Being something of a recluse I can freely associate the precious gift of a true friend to this quote. There is nothing like having someone, male or female, who can let you be you. Who can laugh with you, cry with you, listen endlessly to you pour out your heart until you think it’s empty, all the while refilling it with their hope, grace, charm, warmth and time. Just knowing there is someone to whom you can go, no matter what you have on your heart or your mind, and gladly listen. Consequently, the gift is truly enjoyed when this person is also someone who values your listening ear, your time, your laughter, tears and (you hope) wise observations or gentle advice. There is really nothing like having someone you can’t wait to be with, whether you are sitting together quietly reading, window shopping, enjoying a lunch or dinner at a restaurant, seeing a movie, and to whom you can say how you feel, what you think knowing you will not be judged but held carefully within the parameters of your friendship, reflected in both personalities. Nothing like it.