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Oprah on Friendship: Everybody Needs a Gayle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The blogs are buzzing this week about the discovery of Oprah’s half sister (my favorite tweet thus far being from TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert: “Oprah revealed she has a secret half-sister. Great, now everybody is going to want one”).

As interesting as it is, I was touched more so by an interview she did with CNN’s Piers Morgan last week. In it, she discussed several hot topics including her friendship with Gayle King.

“It’s pretty special. I wish every person on earth to experience somebody to care for them and to know them in such a way that they only want the best for you… When you become famous and you have access to lots of different things, a lot of people lose oxygen and they can’t make the summit with you. [It’s good] to be able to have somebody who not only can make the summit, but stand at the summit with you and rejoices in your being able to make it.”

That is quite possibly the best description of friendship I’ve ever heard, and it reminded me of my friends. When I think of them, I can’t tell you how many times I ask myself, “What did I do to get such wonderful people in my corner?”

Like Oprah mentions earlier in the interview, I too have a core group of maybe four or five people who reside in my inner circle. They are encouraging, smart and loyal. I learn from them; they inspire me. They push me to be the best version of myself, yet at the same time, love me just as I am. They are my cheerleaders and I hope I do the same for them.

Who are your dearest friends? Who will be by your side whether you’re deep in the valley or high on the mountaintop? Do they know how much you appreciate them? Be sure to tell them today.

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  • rosemary sauls

    I HAD A GAIL. MY GAILS NAME WAS LYNN. MY LYNN IS GONE ALMOST 2 YEARS NOW. I MISS HER SO MUCH, MY HEART ACHES. SOMETIMES I SET ON THE STEPS SOMETIMES AND LOOK UP AT HEAVEN AND JUST KNOW SHES THERE LOOKING AT ME. OUR BIRTHDAYS WERE ONLY 2 DAYS APART. I WANT HER BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Toni, Ohio

    I too have a Gayle- actually I have a few Gayle’s (including my 2 sisters). My mother stressed the importance of “girlfriends”- she had many until she passed away at age 85. Oprah, I understand your relationship with Gayle- you don’t have to explain it to anyone. They should be so lucky.

  • http://www.50plusstickingtogether.blogspot.com donna, New York

    My Gail is most definately my husband. he truly has been and still is my best friend since the first day we met and thirty years later I can still say that. That man has never let me down once…has always been by my side through thick and thin. We now have my 92 year old mom living with us and it gets stressful at times but he is always here for everything….he also has sacrifices with mom being here but he never gets frustrated or upset. He is my gail for sure. I agree Oprah…you most certainly dont have to explain anything to anybody…..Im glad you have Gail….!!! We all should be lucky to know her and love her as you do

  • Lucinda Richardson

    Over the years I have been blessed with many friends, some for a season and others for a lifetime. I am blessed to have known such beautiful, inspiring, compassionate and loving women. I thank God everyday, my friends have made the difference in my life, loving, encouraging, listening and laughing with and sometimes at me! Reminding me not to take myself to seriously and to enjoy the journey of life! Love you ALL!

  • monica ryan

    I have a Gail.. My Gail’s mane is Eveline. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 4/2006 and i underwent a right breast mastectomy in 8/2006. After being home 1 a day from the hospital I got a beautiful surprise it was Eveline who had come from her home in California to take care of me for a week and her being a nurse I had the best care anyone could imagine .. love her with all my heart. We been friend for over 25 yrs. She is truly my best friend!!!

  • Lisa

    My “Gayle” is named Jill. We’ve been best friends since grade school and are now in our 50’s. I trust her more than anyone else on earth and know she has my best interests at heart as I do hers. We’ve been through a lot together….and I mean A LOT. I think of her as my SisterFriend and we couldn’t be any closer if we were sisters. I wish everyone had a Jill!

  • Gayle

    I’m a real honest-to-goodness Gayle and so is my mom… yep, my real name. I can’t think of a greater honor than to have “our” name used to signify this kind of friendship and support. I do try my best to live up to my name in this way every day, even with the small things. They matter. Speaking as just one Gayle, you’ve got my blessing and then some. I would love to see this catch on. :-) Thank you, Jennifer.

  • gardail

    hello oprah,i saw your show on about your sister. and i want to know next time you have a show on finding people. could you consider in helping me find my daughter? i have been looking for years and haven`t yet found out where she live. my e-mail address is gllawson@suddenlink.net.so when you get time to e-mail me and talk on the computer send me a e-mail or call me at 806-557-4373. look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jeanie

    I love Oprah and Gayle’s friendship, I had or should I say I thought I had a Gayle until I started propering in My life and getting closer to God is when I started noticing the jealousy she started showing towards my blessing. I released that friendship 10/2008 and I haven’t looked back since. my Blessings continue to flow and my relationship with God is AWESOME. I miss her, but sometimes you have to Let Go and Let God. We were friends for over 30yrs.May God continue to Bless Oprah and Gayle’s friendship… Love yall:)

  • Carol

    I had a Gayle but she is now on the otherside of curtain and when she left I now have her sister who is ninety-nine (99) and it just not the same.

  • Dana

    My “Gayles” name is Daidre. We have been through so much together. We meet in Kindergarten but bonded in 5th grade when our parents where going through devorce at the same time. She is a soul mate to me. I couldn’t imagine my life without her. We live at opposite ends of the state now & due to finances and family obligations we only see each other about once a year but we often call to laugh or cry with each other. She laughs at every stupid thing I say and never judges me. She makes me feel loved. What a blessing it is to have this “Gayle” in my life.

  • http://coacingpositivity.com Judy Krings

    It doesn’t matter…
    Her shoe size is 10 and I wear a 7.
    Her friendship so dear, made in heaven.
    She’s the older of the two,
    And forged our way, everyone knew.
    We hit the road in dirty diapers,
    And shared the beach with ocean sandpipers.
    She is tall and I am short,
    I am chicken, she’ll retort!
    Our friendship always Mutt and Jeff
    Without her love, I’d be bereft.
    Sixty-one years, laugh till we pee,
    Our naughtiness mounting, with tee hee glee.
    We rant and rave and cuss and fuss,
    But she’s the one I always trust.
    We tease that we are Oprah and Gayle,
    It matters no, she’s the wind in my sails.
    Cheryl Satterfield Nash makes my day,
    She blesses my life with love to stay.

  • Pat jones

    Yes! Oprah is so very right about it! Everyone does need a GAIL! I just Love SPIRT. She is funny with no FEAR! I have a friend like her too. Wish we could bottle it and give it away. Show FAMILY and others how to be a real friend. May God continue to bless the both of you. Keep his loving ANGELS all around you. Protect you in all you do and say.
    God Bless
    Patricia C.

  • Bobbi Short

    OPRAY………..CONGRADULATIONS!!!THERE IS A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING.AND A TIME FOR THINGS TOO HAPPEN, ALL IN TIME.
    YOU ARE WERE YOU SHOULD BE…..WHEN YOU HEARD THE NEWS.
    IT WOULD BE THE HAPPEST DAY OF MY LIFE..KNOWING I HAVE A SISTER,AFTER KNOWING..YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE.(GIRL)
    YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, THROUGH THIS NEW JORNEY WITH YOUR SISTER. GOD BLESS
    I AM ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS. I HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY. OR YOUR SHOW.
    GOOD LUCK….IN GOD WE TRUST
    Bobbi

  • http://RamblingFocusForIntellectuals.blogspot.com quesadilla

    Yeah, everybody needs a little twit to stand in their shadow, to be their little minion, their little step-stool that they step all over on their way to success, to be used, to look pathetic…Yeah, Oprah – that’s your little bee-yotch Gayle.

  • scrow

    Quesadilla, you must not watch Oprah and it is obvious you do not know anything about her or would not make such an ignorant statement. It is obvious that Gayle is no “littile bee-yotch” whatever that means, nor is she a minion. You seem to certainly need someone. You sound jealous amigo!

  • Jamie

    I have a Gayle. My bestie, Robin is so dear to me. We have been best friends/sisters over 30+ years. Dont know what I would do without her. I love her.

  • http://FREINDSHIP KRYSTAL ROACH

    SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS A SPECIAL THING AND YOU SHOULD NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED… NO MATTER WHAT.

  • Mary Owens

    I too know how it is. I am a loner both parents deceased and no siblings but, there is my best buddy/sister who is also an only child whose parents are both deceased. We have been through thick and thin together for the last fifty years. She is married and has two daughters, two granddaughters, a great grandson, and they all call me Aunt or Godmommy. I am her Youngest daughter and oldest granddaugher Godmother. I love them all because, they are my family too.

  • Ann

    I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A GAYLE IN MY LIFE, U SEE I AM A LONER AND AT TIMES I FELT LIKE I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO HANG OUT WITH. A GOOD AND DEAR FRIEND IS VERY HARD TO FIND ESPEACILLY WHEN U R DOWN.

  • lisa adderley

    I HAVE A GAYLE HER NAME IS RHONDA MARTIN… WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH TOGETHER.. SHE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND I AM ALWAYS THERE FOR HER .. SHE IS CLOSER TO ME THAN MY OWN SISTER…

  • chris

    I have a “Gayle” and she is the most beautiful person in my life. We have shared so much over the years and held each other up thru the happy times and the bad times I love my Cherie Angel so much. She is the best!

  • http://www.watkinsonline.com/calvin.nokes Calvin Nokes

    I have many people I consider friends but the one who has been there through thick and thin is my special bud Bob he means the world to me.

  • michael pearson

    i am age 50 i use a power chair fof geting about i have mmuscular dystrophy have a lovely wife sue one son chirs nor liveing at home

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment deb

    I had a gail named Donna, we were friends for about 32 years. Last year she was visiting and got sick, so I took her to the hospital. She went back to her home hospital and then to Pittsburg hospital and there she past away. She went through some really awful times there and I commend her for being so brave, I don’t know that I would have been. I loved her as my sister, and I miss her soo much. I still write on her facebook to her, but at times am really lost. I am an only child so she was the sister I never had. My kids called her aunt and they miss her too, especially her visits. So if you have a gail, cherish everyday life is short.

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