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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Non-Fiction
  Posted: September 5, 2020      Views: 73

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The treasures of a Lifetime
"Friends" by Raffaelina Lowcock

Some friends I call “Bread and Butter Friends” they are the ones I see often and commiserate with about life in general.  Then there are the “Velvet Friends” the ones I may not see too often, or I may see everyday, but the ones that have an endless softness to their personality.  Someone you bare your soul to and never feel judged but always comforted.
Of the “Velvet Friends” I have two and a half.  The half is someone I should not know from many years ago.  The two are (1) My sister Mary and (2) Henrietta O’Brien-Sansalone.
The half someone is George Thierry my friend and confidante from the 1950’s, who is now an American living in Connecticut with his wife Cathy.  We talk periodically (approximately every six months) because I don’t want to interfere in his life with his wife.  Unfortunately, she is a victim of Alzheimer’s.

My friendship with Henrietta was both spiritual and intellectual.  Of all my friends she was one I could be unconditionally truthful with.  She married John Sansalone in the year 1984.  John was a friend from her early married years in Trenton, New Jersey.  They lived here in Toronto and, also in Cincinnati.  They travelled extensively.  After many years of non-contact, other than Christmas cards, we had resumed our friendship when I moved back to Toronto, from Ballantrae, Ontario. 
Mary my sister was my “Soul Mate”.  We often found that we were thinking the same thing
at the same time… unbelievable!  We were amazed.  I have dreamt of things Mary has
done and not revealed to me until I told her about my dream.  That stunned us.
Sad to say Henrietta (a very Irish being) passed away on March 17th, 2015 while on a
visit to her daughters in Florida.  I miss knowing I can call her and converse whenever,
but I do have such fond memories of our times together.
Now, my sister Mary has died of Lung Cancer.  I miss her deeply.  She was like a guardian angel throughout my life.  I remember when George lost his brother; how upset and saddened he was, and I am now relating to his feelings.  We have been so close for so many years.  She was privy to every thought, intimate or casual, that I ever had.  
I am lost without her, now George is my full Velvet friend.

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Author Notes
Ecsclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down
His friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
And has no one to help him up!

Ecclesiastes 14-17
A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure. 15 Nothing doth countervail a faithful friend, and his excellency is invaluable. 16 A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him. 17 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he is, so shall his neighbour be also.
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