Seasons of Friendship

Tis the season...for lights and friendship
Tis the season…for lights and friendship

Not all friends

Stay with us for life;

Some appear when we need them

Only to drift away again.

They see us through seasons,

Like angels,

Give a shoulder or a hand-

Strength when we need it.

When a season passes,

And our friend is gone,

We might not see through the sadness,

The possibility of a new dawn.


I got the best Christmas gift ever this year.  It doesn’t fit in a box…didn’t cost a dime…can’t be shopped for at the store.  I bet you’d never guess in a million years what it is.  We survived the Mayan apocalypse, but I’m fairly certain none of us will be here in a million years, so I’ll just end the suspense now:  I am back in touch with a lost friend.  Not just any friend:  Holly- the one credited in my ‘About’ page with introducing me to poetry (which has led to story and novel writing).

How it happened is so crazy, I still can’t believe it.

Someone recently left a comment on my blog that made me question if I knew this person.  Curiosity prompted me to channel my inner cyber-stalker and I emailed him a few questions.  He responded and his answers proved this was someone I knew in high school – over twenty years ago!  It turns out that he stayed in contact with Holly, and passed my email info along to her.  She emailed me right away.

Since that day, Holly and I have sent a flurry of emails back and forth, exchanged family photos, reminisced, and tried to catch up on over twenty years of life.  Neither one of us can remember why we lost contact- there wasn’t a falling out of any kind.  She lives far away from me, but we plan to keep in touch, at least through email.  We hope to manage a visit into our schedules (and budgets).

This whole thing is so amazing to me because I don’t have a strong online presence.  I don’t do Facebook, I don’t Twitter, and it’s not like this is a mega blog viewed by thousands.  If my old friend had not stumbled upon my blog or commented using his real name, none of this would have happened.

But he did.  So this Christmas, I have been re-gifted not one, but two old friends!  Yes, I have two more blessings to count today.

What was your best Christmas present ever?  Do you have a gift you wish you never would have received?  Have you been reunited with old friends through your blog?


37 thoughts on “Seasons of Friendship

  1. pattyabr December 25, 2012 / 7:58 AM

    what a lovely poem and I am so glad that Holly has returned in your life. What a miracle.

    • jannatwrites December 25, 2012 / 8:30 PM

      Thanks, Patty! It has been fun catching up, for sure! I hope you had a merry Christmas 🙂

  2. newwhitebear December 25, 2012 / 1:42 PM

    Merry Xmas! It’s wordeful reading you.

    • jannatwrites December 25, 2012 / 8:30 PM

      Thanks so much, Newwhitebear! I hope you had a merry Christmas, too 🙂

  3. diannegray December 25, 2012 / 1:59 PM

    What a beautiful thing to happen, Janna! I love reading posts like this 😉

    • jannatwrites December 25, 2012 / 8:31 PM

      I’m glad you liked the post, Dianne! I thought it was a great bit of news, perfect for the season 🙂

  4. nrhatch December 25, 2012 / 9:11 PM

    How FUN! So glad you had a chance to re-connect with old friends. Hope you had a lovely day, Janna. 😀

  5. Rachael December 25, 2012 / 9:41 PM

    Definitely a great Christmas gift! And I love the poem you wrote, the last line is great.

    (I love that you have an inner cyber-stalker, I do too!)

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:32 PM

      Thanks for reading, Rachael! I try not to let the inner cyber-stalker out too often. Kind of freaks people out, you know? 😆

  6. GodGirl December 26, 2012 / 3:59 AM

    That’s an awesome story Janna! I love coincidences like that!!
    And what a great poem. I love the idea of friends being like angels that step in and out during certain seasons… so true. And I also like the final thought about being able to see through the sadness. So often we get caught up in the grief of loss, and not the possibilities of the next season/friend.

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:34 PM

      I’m glad you could relate to the poem, GodGirl. Once I started thinking of friends like this, I don’t dwell as much on the driftings. Friendships that are meant to last, do.

  7. xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken December 26, 2012 / 9:51 AM

    awesomely written! I agree – friends are sometimes def. like the seasons !

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:35 PM

      Thanks, Evelyn! It’s funny that you just wrote a friendship post as well 🙂

  8. Sean December 27, 2012 / 7:21 AM

    I’m going to play off your caption from the picture. Friendship is like a light. The light may be on, off or going dim. When the light is shining brightly and needed, it can be seen. Sometimes the light is still shining but is not needed so it is not seen. There are times when the light is not supposed to be there and will not be seen and times when the light slowly fades away. It is amazing how friendship can impact others lives.

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:41 PM

      Great description of friendships. It’s funny how they can be so hardy, but delicate at the same time. Thanks for dropping by, Sean!

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:42 PM

      Thanks, Phil! I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

  9. Tessa December 27, 2012 / 9:22 PM

    Glad you caught up with your friend. How special for you both.

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:43 PM

      Yes, it was great fun, Tessa. The emails have slowed a bit, but I think we’re both tired from the holidays! (It doesn’t help that I have a cold right now, so I’m behind on everything.)

      • Tessa December 27, 2012 / 9:56 PM

        Those things usually start out in a frenzy and then you settle into a comfortable routine. Hope your gold gets better soon.

        • jannatwrites December 27, 2012 / 9:58 PM

          Thanks, Tessa. Me too 🙂 (I get a little cranky when I’m sick…I’d ask my husband to confirm, but he scurried away a while ago!)

  10. Tori Nelson December 28, 2012 / 5:22 AM

    Love it when things work out exactly right. So neat that you guys are reconnecting!

    • jannatwrites December 28, 2012 / 9:50 PM

      It’s been pretty cool, Tori. Especially after 20+ years (I won’t say how many because that just makes me feel “old”!)

  11. duncanr December 28, 2012 / 6:00 AM

    love that poem !

    • jannatwrites December 28, 2012 / 9:51 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, duncanr. I’m glad you liked the poem 🙂

  12. Buddy December 28, 2012 / 1:47 PM

    What a great poem! Thanks for sharing your incredible story!

    • jannatwrites December 28, 2012 / 9:52 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, Buddy 🙂

  13. Imelda December 30, 2012 / 9:19 PM

    I like your poem – it is so true and lovely. Some people stay for a long time, some only pass by but leave a lasting impression.

    The story behind the poem is equally lovely, if not lovelier. How wonderful is it to rekindle old friendships, and go on like no years have gone by .

    • jannatwrites December 30, 2012 / 10:10 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, Imelda. We are still emailing several times a week. Might slow down after ‘break’ time is over and work gets in the way!

  14. pattisj December 30, 2012 / 9:50 PM

    What a great night photo! The colors are amazing. How great that you’ve connected with “old” friends! 😉 God’s Son is the best Christmas present ever. Nothing compares to that gift. I haven’t met up with old friends on my blog, but have gotten to know some cousins through it and Facebook.

    • jannatwrites December 30, 2012 / 10:14 PM

      Oh! You’re so right, Patti – Jesus IS the best gift…my mind was on the best gift that we could give each other. Of course Jesus trumps everything we could do 🙂 It’s funny how online can bring us together and separate us at the same time. (While we’re online getting in touch with those far away, it’s easy to lose touch with those near to us.)

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