To Have a Friend Be One

Guest blog by MLMH team member Katrina

MLMH team member Angela’s girls wearing the kids To Have a Friend Be One tee

Gina spoke about her grandfather and his sage advice many times. He taught her how have a friend you need to be one. It sounds so simple, but it’s not. Friendship, real friendship, takes time and requires you to step up when your friend needs you. I learned recently the importance of having a solid group of friends and the lasting impact it can have on your life.

What changed everything

My teenage daughter, “M” ran away from home in April. She left for the bus, took her bike, and rode the commuter train into Boston. We did not figure out she was gone until I found her cell phone in her room. If you’re a parent of a teenager you know they do not accidentally leave their phone behind. The moment I saw her phone with 100% battery I knew something was very wrong. She spent the night in the city and was located early the next morning by a police officer at a train station.

I leaned on my friends

We were so happy that she was found safe, however, we knew that is was only the beginning of a long journey. I can say confidently that without my family and my friends I would have crumbled under the pressure. Each of my friends showed me love in their own way. Each one stepped up when I needed them most. They were out looking down every alley screaming M’s name. Others answered their phone every damn time I called to. I received daily texts checking in and texts that simply said they knew everything sucked right now. A co-worker, came in the Monday after Mother’s Day and gave me a card to to tell me I was doing a great job (again cue the ugly tears). My MLMH team gave my family dinner.

As mothers it is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. We take care of our families, , the house, dinner (EVERY NIGHT), on top of holding down a full-time job. With all of this on our plates it can be so tempting to let our friendships slide, to not go for that stroll with our bestie, or decline a dinner invite because we’re exhausted. I’m not nearly as wise as Gina’s grandfather, but if I can offer one piece of advice it would be to nurture and appreciate those friendships. Show up for your friends when they need you. It’s about quality not quantity. I don;t have a lot of friends, but the ones I do call friends, I love and cherish dearly.

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    July 8, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Love this. And you. And your friend is right. You’re doing an amazing job with those girls. 💙

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