Right now, Marky and Maddie are at a birthday party celebrating with their friends. Michael is outside playing with a friend, and Meredith is playing with a friend in the living room. This morning a friend came over and I was able to sit a talk with her for a couple of hours. I am so thankful for friends. They come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is someone who listens to me whine and cry, other times it is someone to have a terrific laugh with. Sometimes it is someone whom I've never met who sends me an email of encouragement. Other times it is sisters who offer more than family obligation requires, or a mom who gives of her time to help a daughter in need. My friends have been my neighbors, my husband, my children, my family; I have been reached through all of these friends lately and I am so grateful. Friends make a life richer and fuller and more special, no matter what age you are. I can hear my children laughing with their friends right now. Such a wonderful sound!