Someone to stand next to you, close enough to take your hand if you need it.
Someone to walk beside you, sharing the path, and everything that lies along its way.
Someone alongside you to look forward to the road ahead and help you decide which street to take.
Someone to help you navigate the alleys that you mistakenly walked down.
Someone to help you not feel so small when you're looking at a world that seems so big.
This picture, to me, is what it means to have a friend.
Someone to hang out at baseball games with in your very best braids.
Someone to swing with, as high as you can, feet catapulting to the stars, heads tipped back, wind staining your cheeks pink.
Someone to say, "Oh my God! Great Idea"! When you suggest chasing down a mascot and asking him to autograph your shoe.
Someone to lean into and up against, whether you're laughing or crying your hardest.
That's what it means, to me, to have a friend.
And today, I'm thanking God for all of you.