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the flavor of friendship - la saveur de l'amitie

I was on the phone with Jane one of my community member and we were sharing about relationships, specially relationships with friends.

J'etais au telephone avec une membre de ma communaute qui s'appelle Jane et on parlait des relations, en particulier les relations avec les amis.

Friendship is very important to me and I do struggle with it since I moved to the states as I find that my definition of friend and the color of it was different and change quite often, depending on the people I meet.

L'amitie est tres importante pour moi, mais malheureusement je lutte avec ce concept depuis que je vis aux Etats Unis car la definition de ce mot change d'une personne a une autre.

It seems like my expectations are very high, I want to be with my friend for a long time and I want to call them just to check on them and say hello. Some of them will not even call back for weeks, months, just because they are busy.

Il semble que mon desire est tres fort, et que je voudrais des amities durables et quand je telephone a mes amis, je voudrais le faire juste gratuitement, pas parce que j'attends quelque chose en retour mais parce que je sens que je voudrais juste leur dire bonsoir et ecouter leur voix, rire au telephone et me senti uni a eux, partager leur project et leur souci.

For me the busy schedule shouldn't take away my strong desire to connect with my friends. i will make the time and I will be with them. My mother used to tell me when I was a teen that I didn't need more than one handful of friends, I taught that wasn't fare to me, today, I understand why I can not have more than five friends.

Pour moi un calendrier tres charge ne devrait justifie cette distance entre amis. Je vais creer l'espace et etre avec eux, et bien sur cela va demander des sacrifices. Ma mere me disait lorsque j'etais adolescente que je ne pouvais pas avoir plus d'amis que les doigts d'une main; aujourd'hui je comprends son idee. Je n'ai pas plus de cing amis.

One of my friend this week left for France after spending two weeks with me. Actually, he is not one of my friend is my friend. We met at the University 14 years ago, I felt very strongly in my heart that was someone that I wanted to connect with. Today, I'm very blessed to have him as a friend, someone that can share honestly, guide, advice and be real with me. Someone that will not hesitate to redirect me and tell me what wrong with me. Someone that will challenge me.

Friendship is so strong that I keep the connection even when the person pass from this world. My friend Adolphe is a good example, after 16 years I still think of him on his anniversary, our connection was so strong that I saw his departure for the other world in my dream.

My friend Ahmadou is the one who stand by me when my family couldn't understand my choice. When I got lockout of my home for the first time, he was there for me, to find me a place to stay and to comfort me. to support me in my vision and to see my dream come true.

I want to acknowledge all of you who like me keep a strong connection with your friends, without them I don't know...you see that true friendship has a flavor.

Mon ami est retourne en France apres deux semaines de vacances avec moi. Nous nous sommes rencontres a l'universite voici de cela 14 ans, j'ai senti tres fortement dans mon coeur que nous devons etre amis et j'ai fait le premier pas. Je ne regrette rien car l'obeissance de mon coeur ne m'a rapporte que de tres bon fruits que je continue de recolter annee apres annee. C'est quelqu'un qui s'investi et qui tient aussi a cette amitie. Quelqu'un qui n'hesite pas a me dire la verite, a partager avec moi ses espoirs mais aussi ses chagrins.
L'amitie est tres forte de telle sorte que meme quand la mort nous separe la relation ne se brise pas . C'est le cas de mon ami Adolphe, meme apres 16ans, je continue de me souvenir de son anniversaire de deces, ce lien tellement fort m'a donne la grace d'etre prevenude son depart a travers un reve, la nuit meme ou cela se passait, alors que nous habitions a des centaines de kilometres l'un de l'autre.

Mon ami Ahmadou a ete celui qui est reste a mes cotes lorsque mes parents ne comprenaient pas mon choix de partir vivre une vie dans la foret dense et de vivre de la providence divine et dans une grande pauvrete. Il etait la pour moi, meme la nuit ou j'ai ete interdit l'acces a l'appartement familiale parce que j'etais parti priee. Il a ete la pour me supporter et voir que mon reve etait devenu realite.

Je voudrais transmettre mes felicitations a tous ceux qui gardent leurs amis solidement attaches sur leur coeur.
Car la vraie amitie a definitement une saveur.
Felicitations!

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