Tending the Garden (A Christmas Hub for Friends)

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Merry Christmas, Friends!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful day today, however it is that you chose to spend it. You all have been on my mind today so I wrote a poem about friendship. I'm also spreading some Christmas love with music and fun, I hope. Love to all. . .

The art of wearing tree skirts. . .

Friendship is a flower that blossoms and grows

It radiates from within with a beauty that shows

Even flowers that are different are still the same

Each with friendship as its only name

With a little tender loving care

The bloom becomes a delight long to be shared

The garden must be cultivated with love, though

Careful not to neglect lest that stunt its growth

Tending the garden may at times seem so effortless

With little food or water needed to achieve its excellence

Other times a little extra care is needed

In order that it not be weakened and that the bad be weeded

And so that the beauty can be restored

To a flower, as before, once more adored

It's all a delicate kind of balance, a dance

That usually gets its start by nothing else but pure happenstance

But regardless of how or why it starts

It has the potential to remain deeply planted within the heart

Love's most precious flower bed

There, where even more beauty can always be bred

Because if those roots are planted firmly enough

Friendship never dies; it simply rises above


A powerful must hear. I highly recommend that you listen.

Those who watched Friends might appreciate this humorous clip. It is a friendship/holiday hub, after all. It fits, right? *shrugs*

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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

I hope you've had a Merry Christmas!


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Flourish! It was. . .um. . .different. LOL And a few tense moments, but I decided I would not let some grinchy moments ruin my day. :) Hope yours was blessed.


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ImKarn23 23 months ago

Happy, Hairy Christmas dear Sha! lol

Beautiful poem, i felt as if the blooms's 'roots' began in your heart.

Sadly, some friends come and some friends go - there are those who believe that folks are in your life at specific times for specific reasons.

When those reasons are no longer valid - the friends attached to those reasons tend to move on..

HUGS my FRIENDxx


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

a merry christmas to you. I thought this hub was about gardening


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Haha, Leslie, dare I ask - hairy?

I know, my friend. I am a believer that some people come into our lives for a reason or a season or whatever, but I am also a believer that moving on is a form of neglect. That has a negative connotation, which isn't necessarily the case, but it is how people slowly drift apart


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, peachpurple. I fixed the title to better let people know what to expect since it isn't meant to be a surprise. Merry Christmas to you too!


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

A wonderful Christmas present for all of your followers, and for those who should be.


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

A lovely Christmas present to us! I'm hoping I am one of those friends! Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful poem on the everlasting nature of friendship. It is a treasure and thanks also for the Friends clip.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much Perspycacious! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And by the way, I love your hub user name.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, tillsontitan! Of course I would love to count you among my friends! I look forward to getting to know you better.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Yes, MsDora, I believe that it is a treasure. Once my friend, always my friend. Sadly, though, Leslie is right in that others may stop considering a person a friend. In those cases, I suppose it becomes one-sided and the feelings eventually fade as does a neglected garden. However, I never fully stop caring for someone once I start.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Delightful poetry Shanmarie for your friends at Christmas. Great videos as well. Thanks for sharing.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

So glad you enjoyed it, Jodah. I hope your Christmas was blessed!


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Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very beautiful lines, Shanmarie. And the video "The Christmas Guest" is so awesome and wonderful. I knew that it was God when the beggar entered and all of them. It is so great a message. Thanks for sharing it.

Voted up and awesome.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Beautiful poem and video, Shanmarie. Food for thought!


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much, Venkatachari. It is a great message. Glad you enjoyed it. :)


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Martie. So glad you find it worthwhile to ponder.


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lovely message, shanmarie...you have a big and beautiful heart.

Hoping you had a blessed Christmas and a happy, peaceful 2015.

Love and hugs, Maria


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much, Maria, my friend. I hope the same for you. Sending much love and many hugs your way.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Oh, my most generous friend, Shan, who always has so much love to go around, thank you for this lovely gift! Your poem is most beautiful and sincere, just like YOU. I love that fun photo of you there ...your joy is contagious. Of course, your music choices are always the best. Merry Christmas, sweet friend, (((Hugs)))


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed, lovely poem.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Faith Reaper, you, my friend, are the epitome of love and generosity. To know you is a treasured blessing!

Thank you for the compliment about the music. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" seemed to fit well with the message of treasured friends and "The Christmas Guest" is one of my favorites at Christmastime.

The photo. . .LOL. . .just playing with my daughter, who took the picture. I had one of her on here too, but I have taken down most pictures and such of my children. HP is just too public and more than friends might view. Anyway, it is my hope for my children that the happier moments become the majority of their childhood memories.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Vellur!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Came back to share, as I was on my phone and was unable to share last night.

(((Hugs)))


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

Thank you for sharing. Friendship grow and change over time is sometime to be cherished. Hope you wonderful New Year.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, thank you, beautiful friend, Theresa! I often think of family relationships. We forgive and continue the relationship even after being offended. We work around misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and differences in personality more readily than we tend to do with friends. I wish more friendships were that lasting. Not that anyone should be taken firgranted or abused, but bridges remain in tact more easily it seems. Why is that? The love dor a friend should also rise above.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, joyfulcrown. I hope you have a fantastic year as well!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. How delightful and lovely. Hope your holidays were merry and bright. Wishing you and yours a health, happy and productive 2015!


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Rasma. I wish the same for you!


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Eiddwen 23 months ago from Wales

I am a little late reading but this didn't stop me from enjoying. Voted up and across. Great read.

Eddy/.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Glad you still enjoyed it. No worries about lateness. Have a blessed year, Eddy!

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