“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one that we take the least care of all to acquire.” François de la Rochefoucauld
Our friendships matter… Even if, from time to time, we find things about each other that irk us, we make time to talk things out and remember the bond that brought us together as friends. Because my family traveled and moved quite a bit in my early years, I learned to make friends quickly and be accommodating of changes and shifts in our friendships. My closest friends go way back, and one thing that has always pulled us together is laughter. Not only laughter in good times, but the ability to ease each others woes with humor in harsh times. I value my girlfriends for being there through storms and sunsets and I thank them all. Some I haven’t seen in years, and Facebook brought several of us together. Others I see regularly or speak to occasionally, but whenever we reconnect and talk, it is a familiar feeling; like the satisfaction we get from enjoying a good meal.
A Time to Talk by Robert Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin
As I read the prompt from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop on how I met my best friend, I thought that it would be best to consider that I do have several close friends, and to applaud them all. Most of my long standing friends were classmates in school; from kindergarten through college. Some I met through work, like Di, and others through volunteering/fund-raising activities or through my children. When I think of my friends, two more qualities always stand out; the empathy we share and the understanding that our friendship is not based on material things. I added three poems to help me articulate what friendship means to me and I hope you enjoy them. I believe they say it all… Perhaps, I will add more thoughts later. What does friendship mean to you? The blog hop continues… Rules below. Feel free to change/update a post you added before.
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Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.