I have a small immediate family, just my mom, dad, daughter, and brother (who literally lives on the other side of the country). I have an extended family that I keep in touch with and that I love deeply, however, we only see each once a year. Sometimes I see them every other year. My family has become my friends and colleagues.
In the late night hour, I received a phone call from a close friend. In our 16 years of friendship, I never heard her more upset. I listened and tried to offer words of comfort. When we hung up the phone, my heart literally hurt. I wish I could take her pain away. Right now, I don’t feel like I was much of a comfort. It’s a feeling of inadequacy. I can only pray and write.