We never know when we’ll meet our next best friend. Two friends of mine, Cindy Winsemius and Patti Peterson, met under difficult circumstances. Cindy was still reeling from her divorce from her husband Dick when she met Patti, his new fiancé. Although Dick and Cindy had been divorced for a quite a while and Dick and Patti had had a long courtship, Cindy was still a little sensitive about the situation.
After Dick and Patti married and meshed their households (and their seven kids) together, they hosted many family gatherings in which they were sure to include Cindy. Patti was always very sensitive to Cindy’s feelings and tried to make her feel welcome. As the years passed, Cindy came to accept Patti as her friend and not as someone trying to replace her and she recognized Patti’s value as a second mom to her four children.
Not long after Cindy and Patti became friends, Cindy was diagnosed with cancer. Immediately, Patti stepped up her friendship and helped take care of Cindy through her illness. Patti loved and cared for Cindy until the day she died and, in the end, Cindy told her family that Patti was her best friend.
“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”