It is a day of international friendship when we celebrate and connect with each other and share what it means to be part of this amazing organisation.
For me this year, the day is filled with happiness and sadness as I think of my Mum and of all the joy and fun and friendship that she had from being a Guide and how she shared that with my sister and I and so many others along the way.
In the last few months I have been reminded of the true value of Guiding friendship – of new friends and friends made over so many years!
In November, I made some new friends. By chance I met the Chief Commissioner and President of Girlguiding Malta. We chattered and laughed and had fun together. Because of our Guiding, we made an immediate connection and I am sure that friendship will grow.
Over Christmas and the New Year, my thoughts have turned to old friends, those made over many years. I’ve had oodles of messages, cards and letters, so many of them from friends made through a Guiding connection. Each of them contains memories of the crazy, exciting and amazing adventures we’ve shared. They’ve come from friends across the world, all over Wales and here on our doorstep. They include the Trefoil ladies in Kippa-Ring in Queensland, Singing Circle friends in Washington and our home-grown Brown Owl in Dollar in Scotland. Friends we see or connect with every day and others that we’re re-connecting with after a little while.
True friendship – it has been amazing, humbling and comforting.
In December I started sharing an Advent Calendar full of my favourite Guiding songs. Unfortunately events overtook me and I only opened around half of the windows. So today on Thinking Day as we celebrate together and continue our adventure in Guiding, I thank you for your friendship and invite you to sing this song with me,
Make new friends,but keep the old,
some are silver and the others gold.
A circle’s round, it has no end,
that’s how long I’ll be your friend.
In true Guiding friendship,