Listen . . . find yourself some sister friends.

Find yourself some friends who think of you when they’re at Sam’s and know you’re looking for the best price on your favorite summer drink, so they pick some up for you.

Find yourself some friends who you get to see because they also signed their kids up on your kids’ soccer team.

Find yourself some friends who want to reunite with you after their vacay, and take your kids swimming, and treat them to lunch and dessert.

Find yourself some friends who call you for an impromptu, midweek evening walk.

Find yourself some friends who answer your million questions about sports schedules.

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Find yourself some friends who will do a virtual PiYo class in their garage at the peak of summer.

Find yourself some friends who ask you if you need books for your favorite community project. #AnasLittleFreeLibrary

Find yourself some friends who will text you selfies with Jason Aldean while they are on a getaway weekend in TN and tell you she just rode a mechanical bull.

Find yourself some friends who are also coworkers who make every week better and help to contribute to your community projects.

Find yourself some friends who send you funny memes while you wait (impatiently) for your work credentials.

Find yourself some friends who tell you about their own struggles about returning back to school and offer calm in the anticipation of the transition.

Find yourself some friends who text you and ask your kids to go fishing.

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Find your “hood” of sisters in whatever that looks like for you, and that is where I promise you will find gratitude.

I am writing this to say I’m thankful for each of you. And while some days feel heavy in this season of recent news, you all make it better, today and every day.

I hope I can be a bright spot for you, and we try to foster compassionate communities. Take heart. I’m glad you’re here.

In the words of my favorite people, Mister Rogers, “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else hasor ever will havesomething inside that is unique to all time.”

Originally published on the author’s Facebook page

Dena Wentz

Writer, social worker, wife, and mom of 2 boys trying to make it better. Cardboard, Joy, and More and Ana's Little Free Library are our two special projects. Follow at my Facebook page #What We've Got is Gold.