Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Good Friend is like...

Friends are a gift from God.

A Good Friend Is Like a Four Leaf Clover, Hard To Find But Lucky To Have

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

I was blessed with wonderful long-lasting friendships in my life.

After graduating from the private nun’s school I attended from the age of six to seventeen, my classmates scattered all over the country and even all over the world, but we still hold class or school reunions every few years. It’s funny and touching to see these women who are now mothers and grandmothers hugging, laughing and screaming like high school girls again.

From college, I kept contact with my two closest friends for many years but lost track of them ten years ago.
As a married woman, I made new friendships that dwindled as we moved several times.

What about work? Is it possible to built friendship at work? I did. Although I took an early retirement ten years ago, I am always happy to hear from my former employees, colleagues and company executives. They were kind enough to invite me to be the keynote speaker when I attended our company’s thirtieth anniversary. During my motivational presentation to three hundred employees, my book covers were projected on huge screens, but many couldn’t hide their incredulity and shock. “Who could have guessed Dr. Risk who ran the lab with an iron fist was hiding a romance writer under her serious appearance!” And the president of the company--who bought all my books--declared that I made him blush. It was wonderful to still feel part of the ‘gang’.

When I decided to quit the day job to write full-time, people warned me that I would miss the daily social contact that had become an integral part of my life.

Honestly I didn’t miss anything. In the writing world, I met writers and authors who became wonderful friends. We started our writing career at the same time, learned and struggled together, read and critiqued each others' chapters, cheered every little progress, cried and supported each other after every burning rejection, and finally celebrated together our publishing and successes.

I have many BFFs or bestest friends as my granddaughters say in my writing groups and loops. We have so much in common now. We spend hours organizing our combined books into boxes, scheduling, editing, publishing and promoting. If this is not friendship, I don’t know what is!
How do you keep your BFF?


A USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk won an Outstanding Achiever 2013 Award at Affaire de Coeur Magazine and a Best Romance Novel winner at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Her latest Contemporary romance is:

 Wedding Surprise-Holiday Babies book 4


  1. How wonderfully blessed you are to have made and kept up with so many friends over the years. I love connecting with old friends, and have an annual reunion with some girlfriends from college. Each of us now lives in a different state, but we've made it a priority to work this out. It's such a joy to have those friendship you can just "pick up" with as if you've never left off. Some of my BFFs are also my sisters (who live in different states from me, too). I speak with one of them by phone almost every day. :)

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    1. Sorry, my comment double-posted! So I removed one. :)

  3. You are so fortunate to have so many wonderful friends, Mona. Time spent with friends makes my heart light and joyful. There's nothing quite like time spent with good friends!

  4. My husband, who is now retired, still hangs out with his high school friends. My daughter, who is married and has children, is very close to many of her school friends. I have also kept many friends through the years, but it is really rewarding to run into someone once in a while that you haven't seen in a long time and renew your acquaintance with them.