I'm going to toot my own horn a bit.
I am loyal. Always have been. Always will be.
I cannot really help it. It's part of my genetic make up.
My parents are two of the most loyal people I have ever known.
So what is loyalty?
The ability to keep a secret?
Lending an ear?
Staying by someone's side through thick and thin?
Personally, I think it's about compassion…caring for someone else enough that what they do and say and feel matters just as much to you as it does to them.
I think it's about being there for them even when they are pressing your buttons….
…or when you are pressing theirs.
The best part is that LOYALTY doesn't expire. It's still there when you see your college BFF 20 years later…or when your best friend in high school lives thousands of miles away.
I must admit I think it's one of the finest qualities to look for in a friend or a lifelong companion.
So I'll wear my pageant sash proudly, and pass it along to the next generation.