Monday 10 January 2011

A birthday greeting to a friend like no other

A friend that is the friend

One afternoon 26 years ago, I saw him and wondered, who is this amazingly attractive guy, I somehow knew he would be a friend and he did become a friend.

Things and circumstances brought us together, interest, concern, desires and more but that bond of friendship survived the many things that had been thrown at it and we still remain best of friends.

We have shared much and dared much too, but I have had no one give so much of himself in times where I was completely exhausted, without succour or strength.

Stood by me and kept my head up when my entire world was shattered around me. Yet, I have not been able to thank him enough for his love, his compassion, his empathy, his friendship, his help, and his advocacy on my behalf in the most trying of situations.

This is a stand-by-me friend, you can want for no other, whose loyalty is unquestionable, whose trust leaves you wanting.

It is an honour and a blessing to have him as a dear friend, a confidant, just as David loved Jonathan, I aspire to be able to show that quality and excellence of friendship that he has shown me.

As dawn breaks today, it is a day of celebration, I want to wish him the very best, that he be fulfilled well beyond his deepest desires, that his dreams and aspirations might come within his grasp without hard labour, that he prospers in all that he lays his hands upon to do.

You know who you are, I love you so much and I want to wish you a most wonderful, beautiful, joyful, healthful, fruitful and graceful happy birthday.

You are a friend like no other, thank you for being my really true friend.

Happy birthday!


Atoke said...

Hi, my name is Monike and I live in Lagos Nigeria. I stumbled upon your blog in 2008 and it was such a compelling one, that I have been reading since then, I even went all the way back to read all your posts, I almost wept sometimes at the way you struggled with cancer because my mother died of cancer 3 years before and I also salute the courage and humour you used to conquer it eventually. I never felt the need to leave a comment until now, I strongly believed you had no friends but this birthday wish is so touching and to think you have had this friendship for 26 years? You are a mystery and a very interesting person. Your posts are such a delight to read though sometimes rather intense,reflecting your anger or frustration with a situation. Overall, I look forward to your blogposts, I even follow you on twitter. Its nice to know you, though only in cyberspace :-)

Akin Akintayo said...

Hello Monike,

Thank you for leaving a comment, it is interesting to read another comment that starts off like yours, an introduction, someone who has been reading my blogs for a while and then one blog elicits a comment :)

Thank you for being one of my many invisible friends and I am glad you have come out of the shadows.

I should find a way of blushing in writing, it is so difficult to respond to comments like yours apart from just expressing thanks.

Thank you.


CodLiverOil said...

What you wrote can't be bought off the shelf in pleasant or even sincere birthday card.

Whoever the individual concerned is, they did a good thing by sticking by you.

May that serve as lesson to all of us.

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