So back to this pondering of "friends"...... Friendship, to me, ebbs and flows similar to that of a river perhaps; the serene cool water as it winds its way around a tree, a slow shallow trickle over a smoothed stone or the rush and strength of a loud waterfall as it pounds mercifully into a pool below. Friendship merges the growth of two individuals into a sharing that is mutually rewarding. It's the sharing of laughter and tears, the lending of a reassured hand, the strength of wise words, a simple hug just because.
Sometimes a friend is simply one who comes into our life for a short time. They are not meant to stay long........just long enough to provide us with perhaps a smile or a kind word as we are rushing about our day.
Other occasions we may find a friend that stays a bit longer.....someone with whom we share common interests.....a painting buddie, another dog walker, a prolific journaller, a square dance partner, a co-worker.
There there are those friends that are meant to stay around the longest. They are the friends that see us through the ups and downs in our life. They are the ones that see the tears and the laughter. They are the friends we can count on to always be there for us....whether it's the late night hospital visit, the quick phone call checking that we're safe, the quiet walk in the park together, the knock on the door for a long overdue visit or the unspoken thought shared but appreciated.
We have many friends that come and go throughout our life. Whether a friend stays a short time or whether a friend stays a lifetime, a friend will give us what we need at the moment. A friend will weave their goodness into our hearts, a friend will hug their way through our struggles, a friend can thrill us with the rush of excitement. Friendship is like the ebb and flow of a river. ...yes.... as Randy Newman sings.....You've Got a Friend in Me!!!