Questions for Friends who Doubt their Impact
By Ashley Cornelius, Pikes Peak region poet laureate and Poetry719 co-director
Has anyone told you today, that you are a good friend?
Not just good, but great
Better than great, you’re exceptional, remarkable, incredible, sensational
Let’s revel and celebrate the relationships you create
I will tell you in perpetuity the gift of your compassion
Your friendship is an incomparable warmth
The feeling of deep connection growing from pitted stomachs into belly laugh blossoms
You deserve to hear all the ways magic has transferred from inside jokes and warm embraces
Bridged time zones and geography to foster connections far and wide
Do you know that you have saved lives with your presence?
Your friendship is a life-giving
Laughter jump-starting heartbeats back to a rhythm all their own
Smiles bright enough to pull loved ones out of the darkness once thought impenetrable
Listening makes a home for the wandering as a reminder that they are never lost in your company
This is how you show up in friendship
As we dance to the beat of our own drums
You are the hype person
Cheering on the swaying
Chanting and exclaiming
Welcoming our true selves to be honored and appreciated
Where do you keep the love you share so freely?
In pockets, purses, or wallets?
Abundance like yours cannot fit in conventional places
Look instead inside yourself, at all the spaces your friends have adorned your spirit
Extract the memories
Harness the joy
Channel the acceptance
Know your soul exudes the love you collect
A two-way mirror to see yourself reflected in the friendships you cultivate
Can you imagine a world without your friendship?
I’ll answer for you
It’s not a world I want to imagine
Not a world I’d trade without you as a friend
You matter intrinsically to this community
Saving lives and creating joy with every extended hand in friendship to neighbors and strangers
Recognizing the identities and histories that make us an endless cornucopia of good things and even better friends
It is friendship that drives connection
It is relationships that promote healing
It is the safety of authenticity that allows us to grow
If ever there is a question of the impact of friendship, look to this day and look at those around you
Hold close that we have all been touched by the friendship of Manitou Springs.
Happy Friendship Day!
Pie Baking Contest, results
The weather was perfect for the participants and crowd attending the 27th Annual “Good Ol’ Summertime Ice Cream Social” and the 20th anniversary of the Pie Baking Contest. The judges sampled 20 pie entries, seven in the kids division and 13 in the adult division.
Julie Webster won first place in the adult division with Carpe Noctem, Kara Stutzman took second with an Apricot Bourbon Pie, and third place was awarded to Michelle Bruce for TheBomb.Com Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie.
In the kids division, Bella Dunn took first with her Bella Rosa Caramel Apple Pie, Unni Dunn was awarded second for her Peachy Palazzo Pie and third place went to Lincoln Southwick-Simms with Colorado Campfire.
Joe Johnson, A Carpenter’s Daughter and Frog and Fiddles provided the evening’s entertainment and hundreds enjoyed the concerts while indulging in hot dogs and hamburgers, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs, community potluck goodies, pie and ice cream.