Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Friends

I recently stumbled across a very popular networking website.  I decided to sign up for fun and see if I could find any of my old friends that I have since lost touch with.  I immediately started finding people and requesting that they authorize me as their "friend."As I look at the things that they have written on the site and take a peak at their posted pictures, I have found myself contemplating what makes a true friend.  

When I was in high school I had many acquaintances and a few people that I considered to be friends.  Then graduation came and went and along with it went many of those that I had counted among my friends.  I only ended up keeping in touch with one...and that relationship has grown very distant as time goes on.  I eventually came to think that these friends weren't really friends at all, but just more acquaintances that I knew a little bit better than the others.

Today I have decided that I sold them short by listing them among those who were not my closest friends.  There is one friend in particular that has accepted my friendship on the above referenced website.  While I have yet to actually converse with her, the memories are flooding back.  I have always remembered high school as the worst years of my life; but today I am laughing and remembering all of the fun that we used to have.  We may have lost touch when we graduated, but now I know that she made my life a bit easier during those rough years in my life...and that is what makes her one of my best friends, and she will remain one of my best friends for the rest of our lives whether we ever speak again or not.

1 comment:

Kristie said...

That is a really interesting perspective on friendship. Having recently lost a friend to cancer I have been re-evaluating the friendships in my life and trying to figure out who means what. I really like your perspective. It has given me a lot to think about.