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Steve 12-01-2017 02:38 PM

Friends...
 
A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.

As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.

"Never forget your friends," he advised, "they will become more important as you get older."

"Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them .."

"What strange advice!" Thought the young man. "I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life."

Yet he obeyed his father. He kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about.

Inasmuch as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.

After 60 years of life, here is what he learned:

Time passes.

Life goes on.

Distance separates.

Children grow up and become independent; it breaks the parents' hearts, but the children become separated from the parents.

Jobs come and go.

Illusions, desires, attraction, sex weaken.

People do not do what they should do.

The heart breaks.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget the favors.

The races are over.

But true friends are always there, no matter how many miles away they are or for how long.

A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other. Love your parents, take care of your children, and keep a group of good friends too.

dijit 12-01-2017 02:42 PM

Re: Friends...
 
well said brother

BigAsh 12-01-2017 02:57 PM

Re: Friends...
 
Amen! (Gotta admit though, since you post so many jokes, I was looking for the punchline!)

icehog3 12-01-2017 03:12 PM

Re: Friends...
 
A wise lesson indeed, Steve.

Dave128 12-01-2017 03:19 PM

Re: Friends...
 
Thank you, Steve.

pnoon 12-01-2017 03:24 PM

Re: Friends...
 
Food for thought.

CigarNut 12-02-2017 07:49 AM

Re: Friends...
 
:tu :tu

HK3- 12-03-2017 06:17 PM

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:tu

Skywalker 12-03-2017 06:22 PM

Re: Friends...
 
Well said! :tu

I appreciate so many of the friends we have made here.:tu

G G 12-03-2017 06:24 PM

Re: Friends...
 
True words Steve.:tu

IBQTEE1 12-05-2017 10:00 AM

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:tu Awesome

Tio Gato 12-06-2017 12:29 PM

Re: Friends...
 
You are wise grasshopper. :tu

Willem2 12-06-2017 04:05 PM

Re: Friends...
 
well said.

makes me think about a lot of things that i could have done better. But still hope to be that (long distance) friend.


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