Lehpron, as we grow older and gain wisdom.... we may loose friends along the way but I don't think we ever loose good friends. As our lifestyles change and our goals and dreams start to fall in place ~~ or out of place depending on the circumstances we learn who our real friends are.
The following is something someone sent to me... a few years ago. We have been friends since we were 2 years old.... we don't see each other very often, but we both know that we will always be friends.
I grew up in the fifties with practical parents - a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then resused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it.....
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed rather than buying new ones. Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, a tee shirt and a hat. Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, dish towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things - a curtain rod, the kitchen drawer, a radio, a screen door, or the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things that we "keep"...
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any "more"...
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away... never to return.
So... while we have it... it's best we love it... and care for it... and fix it when it's broken... and heal it when it's sick.
This is true... for friendship.... for marriage... for old cars.... for children with bad report cards... and dogs with bad hips... and aging parents... and grandparents.
We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we "keep"...........
Like a best friend that moved away - or - a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special... and so, we "keep" them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a "keeper"....
So remember "GOOD FRIENDS" are like Stars.......... you don't always see them, but you know they are always there!!
Now ain't that the truth!!
[Edited 2004-05-06 01:14:01]