The Importance of Friendship

Last week a very close friend of mine was rushed to hospital unexpectedly.  Thankfully she is now back home and doing well.   

Whilst I have always loved and appreciated my friends, this incident made me stop and think about the value of our friends and the importance of friendship of our lives.

Friendship is something that not many people take time think about, and we often take our friends for granted.  Sadly we often only realise the value of friendship when we find ourselves in need of a friend or when we need a shoulder to cry on and or get advice for our problems.

If we have lost a close friend we then truly understand what we have lost, and understand the importance of friendship in our lives. Many people enter our lives, some for a short time, others longer and all on a varying scale of personal relationship.

We form a bond of true friendship with only a select few, and these are usually friends that move with us through the various stages of our lives.

As a celebration of my friend’s recovery, I wrote her a poem to let her know what a special part she shares in my life.

blue fairy wrenMy Friend Sue

I have a friend, a friend called Sue

If she weren’t there, what would I do.

Our friendships strong, it feels just right

Binds us together, it’s warm and bright.

If I’m worried or if I’m feeling down

A few words with Sue soon banishes my frown.

She’s sincere, full of goodwill and cheer

She’s a gem, someone always to keep near.

Sue calls me up to have a chat

We laugh and talk about this and that.

Who said what! What do you mean?

It’s fun to dissect what happens in our scene.

I have a friend, a friend called Sue

She shares her heart and soul with you.

She weaves me into her cloth of life

Surrounds us all in her loving light.

I have a friend, my friend is Sue.

The Dangers of Swimming at night

We often have International students stay with us as part of our family.  Peter and I feel it is our responsibility to give them sound advice to protect them whilst they are staying on the beautiful Gold Coast.

All that the students want to do is enjoy our beautiful beaches, swim in the surf and enjoy the exciting Gold Coast night life….. but there are dangers.

Recently when I was going through all the safety rules with our latest student – swim between the flags, don’t swim out too far, don’t swim at night,  don’t’ drink too much, steer away from the shady characters of the night light, watch out for your friends – a dark  surreal image popped into my mind.

For a while I tossed this image around in my mind as subject for a painting, and the more I thought about, it evolved into a dark warning to all dangers of the night!

Of course once I finished painting this image, I had to write a poem to accompany it.  The poem took on the dangers of the dark and asked the reader to imagine the word was like the ocean, deep dark and mysterious, full of beauty and dangers.

Dangers of swimming at night.

The Dangers of swimming at night

An ocean is a world of its own

A mystery, an unknown zone

Wonder at its undiscovered depths

Respect and love its strength.

The ocean gives , the ocean takes

Upon shores its endless waves break

We sail upon, we fish, we play

Sun shines on blue through  the day.

At night, we swim for fun

No fear,  let our inhibitions run

Who cares what lurks beneath,

Way down, down in the deep.

However danger goes before.

Check who’s watching the shore

Swim in close don’t go too far

Stay in, don’t cross the bar.

Monsters of the deep

Into your world they’ll creep

They slip in under your skin

Too late,  when did it begin?