********************Normally I don't participate in the Manic Monday meme over at It's A Blog Eat Blog World but that's not because I don't think that it's a great meme - it is! It's because my work schedule right now puts me at work from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Sundays and with no blogging allowed on the computers at work, it makes it pretty tough to get something posted before Monday afternoon.
However, because this week's theme is Friend I figured I would get a post written ahead of time, post it before work Monday morning, and participate for a change. Not that last week's theme of Peace wasn't equally important - it was! - but a true friend is not someone to be taken for granted and this gives me a great opportunity to talk about my very best friend in the world - Miz Cyn from Stockton, California.
Obviously I don't get the chance to see or talk to her as much as I would like what with there being approximately 2,998 miles between us and me not having the financial wherewithal to jet back and forth across the country but she is never far from my thoughts. Cyndi is a remarkable woman, though she would scoff at me for saying that, and she has my utmost respect and devotion.
We met way back in 1984 when I first began dispatching at the Stockton Police Department and immediately hit it off like we had known each other for years. Though the vast majority of our friendship has been of the long distance nature, I know that there is no truer friend in the world. We've had our ups and downs - all good friendships do - but we know that the bond we share as friends is more valuable than any disagreement could ever be.
I know that I could pick up the phone any time of the day or night and on the other end would be a true friend. I can cry on her shoulder, I can laugh with her, I can rant with her, I can discuss politics with her, and I can expect nothing but honesty from her. If I did something stupid (which I have been known to do!) then I know that she is not going to sugar-coat it but is going to serve it up plain with a side of common sense thrown in for good measure. She has been my biggest cheerleader, my greatest source of comfort, and the one person that I know I can say anything to and she isn't going to abandon me or think less of me. She might tell me I'm a complete and total idiot but I know she says it with love!
I hope that everyone has a Miz Cyn in their life - I know that my life would be so much emptier without her friendship and I consider myself truly blessed to have a friend of her caliber. I just wish to heck we didn't live on opposite sides of the country or, barring that, I had the financial wherewithal to jet back and forth to visit her! In the meantime, thank AT&T for unlimited long distance!
Even though she doesn't get the chance to read my blog as often as I might like her to, I would like to dedicate the following song to her in the hopes that maybe one of these nights when she can't sleep and has nothing better to do she might she stumble across it! One can only hope!
Cyndi, if you do come across this post I love you and I miss you! Thank you for your undying and invaluable friendship.