Isn't it wonderful to have a friend with whom, as Craik says, you do not have to always weigh your words? You know they understand your intent. They do not continually ask you to justify yourself. They do not engage in blame games. They do not take everything personally. And they can blow off most of your mistakes and offenses. Such a friend offers a place where one can relax, rest and be oneself. How wonderful a friendship where acceptance, compassion and understanding reign! That is what most of us crave. Is it what we give?