I was struck the other day, just how thankful I am that so many wonderful people have moved in and out of my life. I have learned something from every one of them. Generally, I am a cautious person, not prone to handing much over right away…as it should be in the pursuit of taming any good friend. I abide by the words of St. Exupert who wrote in the “Little Prince” that in order to make a friend, you must tame them first. The time and ritual in doing so are of utmost importance and if any of you are really serious about building deep friendships then you should definitely read the chapter on taming of the wood fox. Most importantly, it is a commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly, we are responsible, afterall for what we tame. I suppose that goes against the whole “friends with benefits”, and the kind of “Hooking up” that goes on today. People have become a commodity just like anything else, and I am often saddened at the lack of regard we offer our people we call friends these days…It may sound wierd, but I think the most important element of building friendships is the time we’re willing to waste for them. Think about it, how much time do any of us spend just being there for someone. As a wife and a mother the first thought that jumps to my mind is “ALL THE TIME” but really, when I take obligation out of the equation, because which is what true wasting time demands, not as much as guess I should. So my new years resolution? waste some quality time for those I’ve tamed. I hope you do the same.