Having recently returned from Jozi, where I was treated with all the love saved up for the prodigal son, and was then welcomed back in Gtown with so much warmth, I've felt like a very very lucky so and so all day! Add to that being featured on neofundi, putting that on facebook and getting such a kind response from so many, and I'm flying on my friends' wings! Love is an amazing thing! In my heart I know it's what we're made of! And the people in my life remind me daily! Fifteen years ago almost to the day, my father passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident. Apart from the fact that it was one of my oldest friends who selflessly carried the almost impossible burden of having to break the news to me with such compassion, what happened next was a mass action of love I'll never forget - all my friends flowing into my house to be there - some still in their pjs - the circle closing around me and holding firm - no need to ask - just there! It was like being held up by an ancient wall that could never break down. And to this day, every time I'm in Jozi, those same people welcome me back with a love and a ever-present smile that to me is a magnificent reflection mostly of who they are. It's more than I deserve, which makes me all the more grateful. Gtown too has held many people blessings for me. And in a varsity town that's always a bit of a turnstile of people coming and then moving on, the connections I've made and the interest shown in finding out who I am, is like basking in sunshine on a late Summer's day. It's my happy tale of two cities, and indeed whether in Jozi or Gtown, I know I can bank on those I call my friends. They're my treasure trove of priceless beauty! My People! - A spectacular creation! - Perfectly emotional beings that always with such generosity have so much love to give! So today, my blog is a brief but ultimate homage to the people in my life and the love they're all so exquisitely capable of! And nothing has ever made me feel as safe or as whole, as knowing them!

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Comment by alexandra avgitidis on September 2, 2011 at 16:31
Beautiful heartfelt words!
Comment by Paulo Do Carmo on September 12, 2011 at 12:07

"A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

You are a BIG man Strato!

Comment by Strato Copteros on September 12, 2011 at 13:48
Paulinho! Thank you for high praise indeed, from one of those I consider a true friend!  

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