Survival Raft

It started a few days after I told my closest, local friends about my divorce.

I opened my mailbox to find a baggie containing the note and peppermint life savers. During one of the most horrific periods in my life, who’d have known how much a little note and a few pieces of candy could affect me?

The notes and trinkets kept on coming. Every few days a new note, more-clever than the last. The next read, “Amy, stay strong. New adventures await!” And at the close of that most horrible year was a note about what’s to come in the following, “Life, albeit difficult, is a little easier with dear friends,” along with a picture of our closely-knit friend group. Their author is a terrifically busy career woman in her own right – who undoubtedly has better ways to spend what free-time she may have – but she took the time for me. At a time when my self-esteem was at its lowest, her kindness and encouragement made me realize that I did have worth.

Ritu Ghatourey said, “It is during the worst times of your life that you will see the true colors of the people who say they care for you.”

Well, Kelley definitely represented this very idea, and in her own way was a large part of my divorce survival.