While my daughter and I were texting back and forth this morning, I was reminded of a saying that I have quoted many times and that I truly believe.  “Friends multiply our joys and divide our sorrows.” My daughter  had texted that this past weekend had been “weird”. Her husband and her had celebrated a friend’s baby being born and had also found out that a couple in their group of friends was divorcing. I had texted her “Multiplying joys and dividing sorrows – this is what life is. Sorry to hear about the divorce…” Anyway I got to thinking where did I first hear that expression – “multiplying joys and dividing sorrows”.  So I googled it and came across this poem which I hadn’t read before but wanted to share with you. I hope you have a friend or two that fills this description. I am very blessed to have friends that are radical, fanatical and mathematical.


A Friend should be radical,
They  should love you  when you’re unlovable,
Hug you when you’re  unhuggable,
And bear with you when you’re unbearable.

A Friend should be fanatical;
They should cheer when the whole world boos,
Dance when you get good news,
And cry when you cry too.

But most of  all,
A friend should be mathematical,
They should multiply the  joy,
Divide the sorrow,

Subtract the past,
And add to  tomorrow,
Calculate the need  deep in your heart,
And always be bigger
than the sum of all their parts.

~Author unknown by me~