Ok, so these last couple weeks have been super rough and to be honest it is probably not gonna improve for at least a couple weeks more. That being said I have this amazing group of friends that have become my family. After coming home from work and sobbing and blubbering to Hubbin (who was f*%#ing amazing by the way) I immediately contacted my friends...who in all honesty are not my friends, they are my family and boy did they come through and help pull me out of my funk. Being of the literary minded I was eventually led to think of all of the awesome friendships in my beloved books (who also work as friends and family lol). Here are some friendships that I feel bring the vibe that I have with my peeps.
Samwise Gamgeee - After mentioning this one to Hubbin, he made the point that I really did not need to look any further, and he is probably right. Sam from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, embodies true friendship to the point of family. He takes his duties as Frodo's best friend very seriously. He keeps Frodo fed, clothed and in all honesty grounded in reality. I still maintain without Sam, Frodo would have perished...or at least given up very early on. This guy embodies everything one looks for in a true best friend. Loyalty, helpfulness, intelligence, resourcefulness...seriously this guy is the ultimate best friend!
Jill and Eustace - At the outset this mismatched pair from C.S. Lewis Silver Chair don't seem like friends at all. Over the course of the book however the two learn to not only work together, but to trust each other in a way that ensures an enduring life long friendship. This friendship is proven in later books as the pair are brought back the to magical world of Narnia once again to help it. This is a case of circumstances leading to the choice of becoming mortal enemies or best of friends and these two decide on the bond of friendship, much to their mutual benefit.
A Through L - After being brought to a world of pure awesomeness, our favorite heroine, September meets up with the wavery A-L and forms a lifelong friendship that can never end. Through out the series we see just how tight these two are and just how valuable the friendship is. This is a case of truly mutual beneficial a friendship can be, as both parties rely on each other, help each other, depend on each other and come through for each other no matter the situation. Even though both parties meet other entities the truest friendship is with each other and that is awesome.
Piemur - This lovable scamp is the friend that all of need. When Menolly arrives friendless, familyless and pretty much nothingless (that's a word right?), this guy steps right in. Through his cleverness and ability to manipulate almost anybody, Piemur helps Menolly go from a friendless oddity to one of the most valued members of Harper Hall. This friendship continues as both parties grow older. This is a friendship that is shared until death, this is a friendship that causes children to call them auntie and uncle, this is a friendship that can never end as it is so tight that the bonds of family and friend are irrevocably blurred.
The Hogwarts Trinity - We can't really mention bestest friends without mentioning Harry, Ron and Hermione. This trio's ability to maintain the tightest of friendships regardless of insane circumstances is utterly amazing. I kind of feel like my firehouse family has a bond like this...given a bit expanded as there are more then 3, but still a super tight bond that is able to endure hardships, squabbles, boy/girl troubles and pretty much anything else life has to throw at us. The author imagines this trio enduring well into adulthood and beyond and to be honest my boys and girls are there for me in the same way. It is nice to know that friendships like this are real.
Ok, I'm done gushing now, but seriously I feel that friendship is very important, in both a real and literary sense. I am always rooting for the friends, I always want the friendship to endure and a large part of this is my amazing luck at having people like this in my own life. My boys and girls who get me through this sh*t...you know who your are ( I know at least two of you read this on at least a semi-regular basis lol). I love you all so very much and am glad to have these legendary friends in my life. Happy Reading Everybody!