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Why can’t we be friends?

August 13, 2009

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Yesterday a friend brought his little girl over to play with my granddaughter. Even though they’ve never met each other, the little girls immediately started playing together. Abby had gotten a pretend shopping cart for her birthday, filled with groceries and cooking utensils. The girls played “store” and played on the swing set. Within the space of an hour they were best friends.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if adults could do the same thing? If they could meet and within minutes be friends? 

Friendship Quotes

 Kahlil Gibran
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Frances Ward Weller
A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.

Kayla
A true friend sticks with you through thick and thin no matter what.

Unknown
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

Danish proverb
A road to a friend’s house is never long.

Unknown
Similarities create friendship’s while differences hold them together.

Unknown
To lose a friend is hardship, but to forget them is as if you died too.

Marie Louise De La Ramee
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends good-bye. .

Edgar Watson Howe
When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Katherine Mansfield
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.

Best friends for life

July 21, 2009

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We all have friends of varying degrees. New friends, old friends, acquaintences, friends who would do anything for us, friends we invite to barbeques and neighborhood get togethers. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors from near and from far away. So what exactly takes a friend and turns them into a “best friend.”

I can only answer for myself and give you my personal definition. Maybe it’s the same one you have. Maybe not. But I’m willing to bet that at least a few of the same things that I consider essential ingredients of life long friendships are the same ones you do.

1. Sharing experiences. If you read my blog you know that I’m writing about this because I just got back from a weekend with my “girls.” (Okay, they are older girls…but they are girls). One of the things that binds us together is the past. All of us but one went to high school together and we picked her up during the college years so we have known each other a long time. Just knowing someone a long time doesn’t make them a friend, but sharing the goofy, growing up years certainly made us closer.

2. Being able to say anything and everything to each other. Even when we haven’t seen each other for years, the moment we get together it’s like we were never apart. There aren’t too many people in the world I feel that way about.

3. Knowing they love me and them knowing I love them. There are not many things as comforting as knowing that if I called one of them, they’d be there for me in a heart beat and if they called me, I’d do the same. No questions asked.

4. Trust. True friendship has to be based on trust. If you’ve ever had your heart broken by someone you thought was a friend and they broke your trust, you understand why this is an essential ingredient of friendship.

5. Kindred spirits. I know I’m a little prejudiced toward that term because of my name, but it’s appropriate because no matter how much you like someone if you don’t feel a connection to their heart and soul, you can be friends with them…but not best friends.

So today I am giving thanks for the “best friends” in my life. Thank you gals, for your friendship. You are one of the greatest blessings of my life!