When my brother died, someone said to me, “In the next few months, your address book is going to change…and you will know who your real friends are.” They also said I would make friends that I never imagined having. They were right. Over the year that followed my brother’s death, I had friends who quit talking to me. I know a lot of it was because they couldn’t handle the grief I was going though and felt uncomfortable around me. But those friends who stuck around…they have been some of the best friends of my life.
The same has been true with my journey.
Both in RL and SL, there have been people who quit talking to me…and people who have embraced me. People who scowled at me…and people who showered me in love. My “address book” has changed a lot since I started disclosing well over two years ago. And yes, I have found out who my real friends are.
One of those friends who has embraced me is the kick ass woman in the picture with me.
Jessa and I had met through a mutual friend last summer but didn’t really start talking much until shortly before Christmas. Crazy thing is that as soon as we started chatting, we hit it off right out of the gate. She is one of the most open minded, caring and accepting persons I have had the pleasure of meeting. I won’t say she doesn’t see physical differences in people, but she really doesn’t let those aspects of a person set her opinion of them. For her, its about the heart and soul of a person. She has a heart of gold.
But be warned…if you piss her off, you are in BIG trouble! LOL
Considering the talks we have had and what a support Jessa has been to me, I’m surprised it took us this long to get a collab together. I knew it would be a blast working with her…and I wasn’t wrong. She helped brighten my mood from this past weekend and had me laughing in no time. I think one of the things I love about talking with Jessa is not only her ability to make me laugh uncontrollably, but also this amazing way of helping me feel normal when I am feeling anything but normal. Her ability to know when to listen, when to talk, when to question and when to just let me get all of my emotions out when I need to is such a gift. That probably explains why I was so willing to do this collab with her yesterday considering the weekend I had. Thankfully, I have been blessed with several friends like this but trust me, Jessa is a unique and special friend and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So yep…after about a year of knowing each other, we finally pulled this off, Jessa! I am putting my foot down right now that we aren’t waiting a year to make this happen again! Love ya, girl! ♥
See it on Flickr.
And make sure to check out Jess’a version on her Flickr feed.
Diversion – Summer Friends
Ranger Rick’s Truck (RARE)
The Country Barn
grass field dry
power poles V2