2018 February 4th: Friend Definition, addendum

This “journey” is definitely educational.  I’ve got to extend my definition of “friend” to include people who do not a big deal when my legs go out and then even less of a big deal when I can’t continue to play cards.  They handled it better than I did.

Wow.  That is all I can say.  They made me feel like my disability was just a “thing” and a little one at that.  No drama.  “Oh, you can’t throw cards anymore?  Cards were only part of the evening.  Talking was another part.”

I didn’t want to leave.  I didn’t want to run and hide, ashamed of the wretch my body has become.  It was just a “thing.”

I pray when this world is over, their maker remembers this and says, “Yep, you’re good. Go on.”

Small drops of kindness create a tidal wave of compassion.

I am learning how to lean on friends.

I have friends that I can talk to at 2 am (when they should be sleeping, but I’m glad they don’t).  I have friends that show me the beauty of the world, either painted, photographed or videoed.  I have friends that push me to further my knowledge in my interests. I have friends that keep me in stitches with idiotic memes that touch my heart and tremble my soul. I have friends that become my mother when they have to and stop when no longer needed. I have friends, long passed, that come to me in my dreams and tell me they held their faith to the end, they expect the same from me.

I am undoubtedly leaving some out.  And, for this, I am truly apologetic.  They deserve to be listed and rewarded.

Above all, I have a friend in Christ.  He continues to walk with me (carry me like 98% of the time).

The interesting thing, is that not all my friends consider themselves Christians or even believe in God, or even a higher power.  Diversity is what makes them strong.  They are my warriors. They do battle against this enigmatic wretched disease and put it in its place.

Thank you all, I adore each of you,

Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot