“If we find just one really good friend in this life, we are very fortunate. It’s a rare gift.”

two_birdsI opened the Valentine from my husband this morning and read:

It is something–it can be everything–to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below, a fellow bird whom you can look after and find bugs and seeds for, one who will patch your bruises and straighten your ruffled feathers and mourn your hurts when you accidentally fly into something you can’t handle. — Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

This fellow bird may be a friend, a love, a parent, sibling, or a spouse. But if you have even one of these, a person who sees beyond your personality to the essence of your soul, you have something more precious than diamonds or gold. I am rich beyond measure because I can count three and I am so very grateful.

And remember, you can be that bird to someone else.

Look deep, give from the heart, and love well.