Celebrate Your Best Friend! by Cerella Sechrist



It’s National Best Friend Day!

In the spirit of the day, I’d like to celebrate the characters in my Findlay Roads series who are best friends:

Harper (Harper’s Wish) and Tessa are sisters as well as best friends. In Harper’s Wish, Tessa helps Harper through her own self-doubt and indecision. Tessa has a story all her own releasing in February 2019, and we get to see the other side of their relationship as Harper supports Tessa through a medical diagnosis that shatters her dreams for the future.

Rory (A Song for Rory) and Erin (The Way Back to Erin) have been friends since they were teenagers. When Sawyer, the love of Rory’s life, returns to Findlay Roads to try and win her back years after he broke things off, Erin gives Rory some solid advice:

“It takes courage to choose love, especially from someone who hurt you once. I know you, Rory. And I’ve watched since you came back, how heartbroken you were and how you, I don’t know…lost yourself a little. But I also think you learned how to be you, without Sawyer. I don’t want you to lose that again.”

“Lose what?”

“Your heart. Your fire. You had both with Sawyer, but it took you a while to have them without him. You let yourself be taken over by what you lost. Don’t let that happen again, no matter what. Okay?” – from A Song for Rory 

Best friends tell you what you need to hear, but they never (or rarely!) say I told you so. I’m privileged to have several priceless friends in my life, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Some live thousands of miles from me, and some are only a few minutes away. But no matter the time or distance, I can count on them in a crisis, to offer their support and encouragement, or to share a laugh and make new memories. But sometimes, I realize I don't appreciate them enough, and I certainly should tell them more often how much they mean to me.

If you're anything like me, why not take a minute to comment below and let me know what you appreciate about your best friend. And after you do, why not share this post and have them check out your comment to remind them just how much you they make your life better.

CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. The Way Back to Erin, Book #3 in her "A Findlay Roads Story" series, is her fifth Harlequin Heartwarming novel.

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  1. Go figure. Yesterday, my husband and I started jawing with our neighboring couple out on the street...for two solid hours. Up until then, it had just been short, friendly chats over the fence. Now, we're planning a barbecue together. Moral of the story is the old cliche: you have more friends than you know! Thanks for the reminder, Cerella.

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    1. Aw, that's fantastic, Moira! Isn't it amazing how you can find a new friend if you just take a minute to slow down and pay attention? I hope you guys have a great time with your barbecue!

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  2. Pretty much everyone here knows my best friend - Pamela Tracy. She's kind of our boss here at the blog. She also like to boss me around sometimes (comes from being a teacher for lots of years). I don't mind. She has a heart of gold and would give me the shirt off her back. Like, literally give me her shirt if I needed it. She's that good of a friend. First call I make with good or bad news. That says it all <3 <3 Thanks, Cerella, for reminding me what a wonderful person I've had in my life these last twenty-ish years.

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    1. This is great, Cathy! We all know what a treasure Pam is with this blog and Heartwarming in general, but this is a great reminder that her sweetness extends far beyond just what goes on here with Heartwarming. She is a great friend to have!

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    2. Okay, I'm sniffing. Cathy is indeed my best friend. She was my maid of honor at my wedding. Her daughter calls me Aunt Pam. I know how steadfast Cathy is because when I was cochair for a major RWA conference, she was my rock. I called her eight times a day when things blew up (and if you've ever been a conference chair, you know what I mean) I'm not a phone person, but Cathy is the one person I love talking to. Thanks, Cathy, for - hmmmm - more than 20 years of best friendship.

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    3. This is so sweet, Pam! It sounds like you and Cathy truly do have a wonderful friendship!

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  3. Cerella, thanks for telling us about your stories and that it's a special day for best friends. I feel fortunate to have many "best" friends in my life who go clear back to my elementary school days. Many of us still keep in touch, although we are growing fewer with passing time. I will take time today to tell all of them how much I appreciate their friendship.

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    1. Agreed, Roz!! I'm not someone who can pick ONE best friend. I have several, because they are all the "best" for different reasons. I treasure all my best friends because they are each special to me in their own way. <3

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    2. I agree. It's so important to let our friends know how much we value them. In the past few weeks I lost a good friend, but I got a chance to tell him first a little of how much he's meant to me and the rest of us. I'm sure going to miss that smile.

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  4. True friendships are priceless! I've known my best friend for so long I can't remember ever not knowing her. We were next door neighbors growing up and played together when we were babies. I'm also incredibly grateful to have made some amazing friends from this writing gig. There's nothing better than meeting someone who just "gets you" from the first moment.

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    1. Yes, Carol, that's a good way to put it - meeting someone who "gets you" from the first moment! That is such a great (and rare!) feeling. It is equally wonderful to have a friend you've known "forever." You sound like you are blessed in your relationship with your best friend! :)

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  5. I'm lucky in having several best friends, too. I'm so grateful for all of them. I loved reading about you and Pam, Cathy.

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    1. Agreed, Liz! I love reading about the special friendships you all have!

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  6. I love that quote you included--and I love my friends. Some of my best friends are writing buddies. Some other friends I've known all my life or for many decades and it seems every conversation picks up right where we left off. And these often are the people I immediately clicked with mere seconds or minutes after meeting them. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Isn't that quote lovely, Virginia? I did a search for quotes about friends, found this one, and then created the graphic myself for this post. It just says exactly what I think of when I think of my friends. And like you, some of my friends are writers and some are readers and some just are. :)

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  7. According to our mothers, my best friend and I met in the church nursery when she was a month old, and I was two months. I don't know how an introvert like me would have made it through school without her.

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    1. Talk about a lifelong friendship, Beth!! That is one of the most wonderful "how I met my best friend" stories I've ever heard!

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  9. Love the quote from your book; there's a lot of wisdom there. With my best friend, we can both laugh and cry together. We also both have the same weird sense of humor.

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    1. That's exactly how best friends should be, Callie! And when someone shares your sense of humor, that's when you know it's a good friendship! ;)

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