IT IS A SWEET THING, FRIENDSHIP, A DEAR BALM, A HAPPY AUSPICIOUS BIRD OF CALM. shelly. For several years now I've gotten together with a group of women and created art, we meet every 6 weeks at different homes. Today was my day to host. Over the course of years I come to count these women as my friends. Getting together we talk not only about art and what we are creating, but we talk about life. I've come to look forward to the events and feel so filled up when the day is over. I realized today sitting at my dinning room table, when we were all quietly working that we were truly friends because nothing needed to be said we were ok with the silence. My life is richer and fuller because of these women and for that I am grateful. I am thankful for friends who understand me when I speak and understand me when I don't.