FRIEND TOWN — I am a big believer in great friends and keeping those ties strong.
I was very lucky to find an exceptional group of friends growing up. Friends I have to this day. I've talked to most of them this week even though we have busy adult lives now and live across the country.
Friends take care of each other. We call each other out when we're doing something dumb. Like when Jonny told Jeff jumping out of the bed of Cody's truck into some bushes was not a great idea and saved him a trip to the ER.
Friends support one another. Like when my entire crew of friends showed up to watch me play the role of Demetrius in a "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Even though they were there to mainly make fun of me because I'm a terrible actor and I had the role to fulfill a requirement for a drama class.
Friends are there for one another. Like when Talmage sat on the steps up to our apartment for hours just sitting with his arm around me when my dad was diagnosed with cancer.
Friends are important, and being a good friend is even more important. That's why I love this video.
GRACE SEES HER BEST FRIEND HARPER AT SCHOOL!— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) May 4, 2021
Grace was born with rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome.
Her mom writes: "She has a slight speech delay and cannot say very much and is hard to understand. Harper couldn't care less and they truly love each other."❤ pic.twitter.com/ks1LKoNsU1
Grace and Harper may only be around 5 or 6 years old, but they are best friends and they are excited to see one another. The video shows the two girls run to one another and embrace because the joy of seeing each other is just too much. The girls then head to school hand-in-hand with smiles on their faces. At one point Grace turns to her mom and lets her know she and Harper have it from here on out and that she can go.
The video on its own is fantastic, but more context from Grace's mom makes it exponentially better.
Grace was born with rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome and her mom wrote this, "she has a slight speech delay and cannot say very much and is hard to understand. Harper couldn't care less and they truly love each other."
Maybe you talk a little differently. Maybe you walk a little differently. Maybe you think a little differently. None of it matters when your friends and you care about one another. Thanks for the lesson and the reminder, girls. Now, go out there and be a Harper and Grace to your friends. And remember, friends are those we've known for years, family we see every day, and strangers who we haven't had the opportunity to befriend just yet.