IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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And every six months, she would trade in her aging sheep for a new one.  Because without a little lamb, Mary didn’t know who she was.  – @ANDREWHIBBARD

God has blessed me with so many friends – most of them named Mary.  All of them are Christian musicians – go figure!  They don’t know each other, but if they could get together and form a band called “The Merry Mary Band” – I think it would be pretty cool.

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Let’s swear each with our pinky
We’ll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly!
– Author Unknown

Of course the best known Mary is the virgin mother of Jesus.  There is also Mary Magdalene, but it’s a very popular name in the Christian world.  In England it has been used since the 12th century, and it has been among the most common feminine names since the 16th century.

Mary is derived from the Latin Maria and is also used in English as well as in several other languages.  It means:  Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter.  I was surprised by that meaning.

Two queens of England were named Mary, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Shelley wrote “Frankenstein”.

My Mary friends are all very sweet and kind.  They’re also crazy to the core – but to be my friend, well…  they’d have to be!

The sweetest fictional character of all time was the very independent and street-wise Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.  The working woman of the 1970’s.  She let kids like me know that we really could make it in this man’s world without letting go of our nice side.

I’m also reminded of the wise and wonderful fictional character by the name of Mary – Mary Poppins.  This book by P.L. Travers convinced me that all women named Mary have the ability to fly with the aid of an umbrella.  My Mary friends have not revealed their hidden talents with an umbrella to me yet – but I keep asking!  🙂