The key to friendship to me is to always show as much love and kindness to each other as you can because you never know when you'll need a favor and you don't want anyone second guessing whether to help you or vice versa.
I have some INCREDIBLE friends and when I think of them I thought of that song from Commissioned (start at 3:00 if you don't have 5 minutes).
On Tuesday my husband a daughter left to go out West to visit his family. They won't be back for several weeks. I several dates scheduled with friends and I'm cooking for a couple of them and one invited me to share New Year's Eve with her and all of family that is here and coming in from Chicago.
Well, on Tuesday evening I slipped and fell on some ice in front of my house. I hurt myself so bad that I initially thought I couldn't get up, but then I focused and got back into the house.
When I fell I was on my way to pick up a book on CD because the library was closing and wouldn't reopen until Friday. To me that was important since I'd be home all day today alone and I planned to sew and wanted to listen to a book. I called a family friend around the corner and he not only went to the library for me, but he stood there reading titles until I picked one. He also came and sprinkled salt down in case someone came by that night (because it was in the 50's on Wednesday).
The next morning I called my friend who luckily lives down the street and even luckier for me (since I don't have medical insurance) is an M.D. who practices internal medicine. She listened to my symptoms went to the drug store, got what I needed, came over and gave my knee a REAL exam (almost punched her when she put me on the couch and began manipulating it, LOL) and even brought me a Christmas card, LOL!
The best feeling was that I didn't feel funny calling them. I don't sit around thinking "Hmmm, who owes me?" but because of the love we share all the time, I felt that these were the people who I could call without really inconveniencing them and "testing" our friendship.
During this season, give some love with those gifts!