I’m not sure we ever pick our friends.  Usually we meet people and it just happens.  “They” say that your partner is supposed to be your best friend, and I’m sure that’s true for some.  But I’m talking about something different.  I’m talking about the people (friends) you can share everything with … even the stuff about your partner and you know (or hope they won’t) judge or walk away.

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have some amazing friends.  One that I’ve known almost my whole life, many I’ve met through work, school, running or volunteering and the one I had dinner with last night.

I am in DC on business and I’m here with another attorney who is a part of this matter I’m working on.  I’d met her only once in person.  But when I did, I knew right then that we would be friends long after the matter was resolved.  From the moment we met for a glass of wine last night all the way through dinner – we talked non-stop.  About almost anything and everything.  I love that about friends.  You know what I’m talking about?  That cool way you can just share anything and not worry how it sounds or if they will think you’re weird (well, I am but that’s beside the point).

In this fast paced world of the internet, our ready to eat meals, homework, sports, modern toys, we miss a lot of the simple things in life.  Our jobs change, our marriage ends, we get older, but none of that changes real friendship.  But real friendship never goes away with time.  In fact, it is one of the things in life that ages well!

During dinner last night I was reminded of Elton John’s song, Friends.  I think I will just leave you with the lyrics and a reminder to check in with those friends who are there for you no matter what … even if you are a week behind in returning their calls (sorry to my closest and longest friend in NM!).

I hope the day will be a lighter highway
For friends are found on every road
Can you ever think of any better way
For the lost and weary travellers to go

Making friends for the world to see
Let the people know you got what you need
With a friend at hand you will see the light
If your friends are there then everything’s all right

It seems to me a crime that we should age
These fragile times should never slip us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhood fly

Have a wonderful day everyone!!!