A couple of months ago I published a post called “Friends” and told about going to see the total solar eclipse with some long-time friends; it included an essay about the value of friends. I’d like to amplify that post; one of those friends, Bill, is probably the oldest friend I have and “oldest” doesn’t imply age in this context. Bill and I started elementary school together, graduated high school together, and were study partners in college. Though at times we were not living near each other and didn’t have the opportunity to cultivate our friendship we have done so for the last several years. We have been through some great times together and some really hard times too. When we were in college, I was a co-op student and we moved every three months from Auburn to Carrollton, Ga and back to Auburn. Poor Bill; he was always there to help us move. I would throw boxes off the balcony while he caught them and loaded them. As long as I can remember, Bill has been there any time and anywhere we needed him.
In a couple of weeks we will spend a weekend in the north Georgia mountains with two other couples. These two couples were some of the first people we met when we moved to Huntsville forty years ago. We have made this trip to north Georgia for several years now and it is an annual event on our calendar. We don’t get to see each other often (one couple now lives in Birmingham, the other lived in Orlando for several years but are back in Huntsville now). If I had to make a guess I would say we’ve made this trip for 10-12 years. We have also had some great times with these friends and we’ve traveled some rough roads together too. They too have been with us anytime that we’ve needed help in any way and we’ve attempted to do the same for them.
My point in this discussion is to distinguish between “friends” and “old friends”. The term “old friends” does imply an element of age, but that isn’t the important thing. At one time, old friends were just friends; they grew to be old friends when they traveled the hard roads with you and celebrated your joys with you and when you have done the same with them. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have a song and a video titled “You Can’t Make Old Friends”. You can make friends that under the right circumstances and effort from both parties will become old friends. Some time while we are in the mountains, I plan to carve out a few minutes to show our friends the video and express our love for them and celebrate our “old friendship”.
If you would like to see the video follow this link.
“… there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18: 24