I had lunch today with an old friend. I don’t usually do long lunches – this one was long. And it was wonderful to catch up.
It was also good to discover that I could contribute to him – to making his life (for the moment at least) a tiny bit easier.
Here’s what I like about these long friendships – they are real, steady, steadfast, sure, and true things.
I remember Sheila saying to me about a year ago, “When I make friends, it’s for life.”
I like that. I embrace that. I have the most amazing friends: people I can trust, people who I know will be there for me – and our friendship is unchanged no matter how long we go without seeing each other.
It’s delightful to know that Jim will come with me to the workshop on Thursday. Hurrah! The Year of Your Dreams. It’s going to be fun and constructive and – well – just plain cool.
Tomorrow I am hiking with a new-ish friend, but already I know it’s friends for life.
In the end, I think those are the kinds of friends it’s worth cultivating.
As a last thought on this subject, I love Simon; in fact, I am in love with him. But he is also my best friend and that is for life as much as the commitment to a loving relationship is. Being friends is important, necessary, and also, a great gift.