A Recipe for Friendship

A Recipe for Friendship

By Joanne Acabbo

My favorite tea and kitchen story is still continuing. My best friend, Jayne and I, have shared so very much over countless cups of tea. We've been friends for 29 years and have been through good times and bad times together, always over a cup of tea! My son was injured in a car accident in 1989 and was a quadraplegic at the age of 17. At times, the only relief I had was to take a few minutes to stop at Jayne's for a quick cup of tea. We were joined, in time, with her grandsons and oh, what smiles they put on our faces. They have been calling me GrammyJoanne since they learned how to talk.

In 1996, my 24 year old son passed away and it was the comfort of Jayne's kitchen and her company that got me through some of the darkest days of my life. A year after my son's death, Jayne's oldest daughter, Tisa was diagnosed with a malignant high grade brain tumor. She had just given birth to her third little boy and was 28 years old! We were stunned. Many a night was spent in Jayne's kitchen, lamenting over the courses that our lives had taken. She is still doing chemo and with God's help she will survive.

In 1999, I was blessed with a granddaughter, Olivia Jayne! The love of my life! Once again Jayne and I celebrated the birth of a grandchild over a cup of tea.

Most of the gifts we exchanged over the years have something to do with tea...teacups, teapots, stationery, etc. But the best gift of all was having Jayne as a best friend, for all of these years. We'll continue to drink our tea, discuss our problems and thank God for all that we have.

A Recipe for Friendship

1. Take two people with common interests.

2. Mix together with love and understanding.

3. Stir in a sense of humor and a lot of compassion.

4. Bake for a lifetime...and enjoy the fruits of your labor knowing that you both have made a remarkable concoction that will last forever!

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