We were counting our friends and what we like about them. We follow one of the adages learned as we aged – Make friends of younger people! We now have a wonderful combination of active, employed friends, newly retired folks and those who are older and wiser than we. We were celebrating the balance. How we wound up with this conglomeration of folks with varying ideas, interests and values became the source of this week’s story.
Consider This Show – Friends Old and New
Friends are such an important part of life. Old friends and new friends . . .
It’s wise to keep building your community of friends throughout your life. So many ways to make new friends. Just keep your heart open and step up, when someone comes across your path who is worth keeping.
Let me introduce some of our new friends.
Last winter, we went to Elsie’s yard sale in Florida. We got to talking and enjoyed it. That chance meeting has resulted in a warm, new friendship, augmented by emails and photo exchanges.
Eight years ago, we noticed that another couple in a restaurant using the same kind of coupon we were. It started a conversation with Steve and Jeannette that still has us enjoying each other’s company.
Elizabeth and John invited us to dinner at their house along with George and Gail.
It led to a new friendship that is just beginning.
We met Cathie and Bob at a Canasta Club and enjoy each other outside of the club, many years later.
Some guests at Bill’s birthday party had been his friends for as much as 49 years. What memories they shared. It was beautiful. But so are new friendships.
Sitting on a bench in Wal-Mart, I started talking to the guy next to me; someone from out-of-town. Sharing values, we could see a connection. We have exchanged Facebook pages to get better acquainted.
New friends are out there, if we just take a chance and reach out. Remember, a stranger is just a friend we have not yet met.