I have said this many times now, and it is just as true as I sit here writing this as it ever was - all my friends are important to me; my LJ friends are important and so are the people I have met and bonded with. It is rare for me to have a friend here on LJ who I knew before I set up my journal.
whakatane is someone I have known for a couple of years, in fact I can pinpoint the exact time and place we first met; January 24th 2005 in the wonderful little New Zealand coastal town of Hokitika - more specifically, on the balcony of Mountain Jade Backpackers not long after her bus had got in from the drive up Highway 6 from Wanaka. We just grinned at each other and that was that - friends. We met up again later in our travels and shared a few days enjoying the landscape we were in together. I am delighted by her choice of user-name as well. We had a great day, full of highs and lows, full of tough moments and moments of pure joy when we did a coastal walk near this small NZ town, way up in the Bay of Plenty. I know that the story behind this Maori placename is important to Rebekka too.
She is someone who has had a great impact on my life and it is very touching that we are happy to consider each other 'soul brother' and 'soul sister'. Even though we have been friends for only a relatively short time, I now can't quite imagine life without knowing Rebekka. We all have important people in our lives, those few treasured people who influence us most, Rebekka is one of mine and, as a friend, I love her very much. Now she has an LJ, although she is yet to post anything. A new friend on LJ means a picture to dedicate, but a friend of the calibre of Rebekka merits a series of images, so, here and behind the cut are the ones for you.
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whakatane, it is a real pleasure to know you, to have shared your company, to have spent a lot of time with you, to have met and befriended those who are important to you. I have learned a lot from you - one of those things being - in you I have a friend for life, and there is nothing more special than that.