We all have that one person in our lives for whom we are thankful for making us a better person. For most, it is their family. I consider myself blessed because I have both parents living, and I love them dearly. I have the coolest siblings, and I am blessed with three beautiful kids and an awesome husband.
I am grateful for all these people, and I can and go on and on about how each and every person has positively affected my life. One article would not be enough for that. But, I have decided to thank a person other than my family. I have been lucky enough to find friends who have turned out to be more than family over the course of time.
When I was asked to write about an article on gratitude, Mrs. Khan was the very first person that came to my mind. She has impacted me in many ways, and guided me through difficult times in my life. She has proven herself to be a friend, a counsellor, a mentor, a listener and a guiding light for me. Let me give you a background on how this friendship started:
I clearly remember my second baby being only ten days old when my husband and I moved into the house of our dreams. We both loved the house, and I knew that it was a new start of our happy family.
The first couple of months were busy, as we were getting used to the new environment. Most of the time was spent between decorating the new place and looking after our kids. My husband and I both agreed that I would not be going back to work because both kids needed one stay-at-home parent.
At that time, I had no friends in the new neighborhood, the kids were too young for any kind of physical activity and we did not own a car as of yet, because we lived in the city and always used public transit. I was depressed all the time. I felt stuck, and some days I literally had to drag myself out of bed just to follow the daily routine. Looking back, I barely survived the winter, and I knew I could not go on like this one more year. Feeling like that was expected, as I had worked throughout my life before and I missed it. I was living in a busy neighborhood, and it was tough time for me on a personal level.
My life turned around when I met one of my neighbors in summer. At that time, I never knew how this great person was going to change my perspective on life forever. She was married, but had no children. When she came to know that I had no family and friends close by, she made sure that I didn’t feel left alone.
Meeting Mrs. Kahn
Everything changed the very day I met her. In spite of having her big extended family, she made time for me and loved my kids like her own. The more I got to know her, the more I started looking at things positively. She always encouraged me and made sure that I felt good about staying at home and taking care of my kids. I started realizing how lucky I was, and still am, to be able to stay at home and see my babies grow in front of my eyes.
Our relationship grew better and better. There was one point when I spoke to her every, single day Being the oldest sibling in my own family, I never realized how nice it is to have an older sister. Having Mrs. Khan in my life gave me this wonderful experience.
She is the most thoughtful, generous, hardworking and beautiful person I have ever met. She has made me a better person, and, most importantly, a better parent. I can freely discuss anything and everything with her, and she is still always there for me, even though I moved away 3 years ago.
I am grateful for having Mrs. Khan in my life, and there is nobody that can take her place. She personally invites me to all of her parties and special occasion dinners at her house, even when she knows that I’m unavailable. But that’s the kind of person she is. She opened her heart for me and I will have that place in her life forever. She will always have a very special place in my heart, as well. I can’t thank God enough for sending her in my life, and I hope we can spend some good time together again.
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