A World of Friends via @DavidArchie
Posted by Blueberry Ice on Sunday, July 28, 2013
“You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.”
Fred Rogers (1928-2003)
Television Host, Educator, Minister, Songwriter
There are a number of things that I admire about David Archuleta but I never imagined how he would affect my life. How he tugs at my heart in a way that no celebrity has ever done. How he has become a necessary member of my family. A beautiful voice, incredible musician, charismatic personality, endearing kind-hearted soul… well, this list could go on and on. But when he shared his life and opened his heart, little did I know how he would introduce me to people from all over the world. How people I didn’t know or yet to meet would become as dear and important as David himself. Friendships that have touched my life in surprising ways. Funny thing is that I don’t make it a habit of ‘talking’ to strangers in cyberspace. And yet, I’ve never felt more comfortable in doing so, a result of a unique kinship, one that interlinks fellow fans in appreciation of all things related to David. It’s unexplainable. Enriching. A blessing. And I am grateful beyond words.
Last December, when I saw David’s beautiful smile and sparkling eyes, proudly holding the lovely birthday book put together by Shelley, my heart was full of gratitude for all that David had done but it also reminded me of how he has bridged and nurtured a worldwide circle of friends, people with incredible spirit, talent, wit, humor, thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity and caring. Such friendships are a precious gift that no money could buy; illuminated and elevated through the magic of David. How fitting that there is a holiday to acknowledge the importance of friends. The United Nations designated July 30th to be International Friendship Day but it’s also celebrated on August 4th in some areas. In 1998, Winnie the Pooh was designated the Ambassador of Friendship. If there is any person that would be the perfect ambassador for International Friendship Day, David gets my vote. What personally started as a very private solo experience has become a public soul-stirring journey and to be able to share that with friends who understand what it’s all about has made it a road trip of a lifetime, creating a wonderful scrapbook of irreplaceable memories and so much fun.
“We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.“
- Winnie the Pooh
The world would be one very lonely and sad place without friends. So thank you all for welcoming, encouraging and sharing as you have made me laugh, cry, be inspired, think, learn, and yes, dare I say, grow as a person. Whether on good days or bad ones, you give me a reason to smile. How fortunate that there is a fandom centered around the unique specialness of David to celebrate his musical journey. The beauty of being a fan is that irregardless of the differences, similarities or reasons that have brought us here, what matters the most is what connects us all: our interest, care, love and support for an incredible singer, an extraordinary person and one who has left an indelible imprint on our hearts. Whether during times of feast or famine, this is my hope that as long as David Archuleta will have us, we will never go away. So here’s to celebrating each and every one of YOU! A huge thank you to David, for he’s allowed us to create cherished memories of friendships that will last a lifetime. How amazing is that? Happy Friendship Day! And when you get a chance, share an Archuhug today!
“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.”
- John Evelyn (1620-1706) English writer, gardener, diarist
Blueberry Ice is a guest writer for The Voice
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