Old Friends

You are friends with someone. You can talk endlessly to them. Over time, due to personal or work commitments, the two of you slowly lose touch. But then one fine day, one of you calls the other or the two of you bump into each other and you pick up from exactly where you left. It’s as if that whole time period of not being actively in touch with each other never really happened. It’s like you never stopped being friends.

Doesn’t the above ring a bell or two or if you are really lucky, quite a few? We all know such people. They are our old friends. They are people who go way back with us. So way back that the foundation of the friendship goes too deep to let the winds of time have much effect on the superstructure.

With these people, we don’t have to start painting a picture of ourselves because they already have a firm imprint of us in their minds.  There is no pressure to make a good first impression. We already have stories that we have lived together and can laugh over. We just have to continue an old thread.

These are the people about whom if anyone asks us, we answer without batting an eyelid, “Oh, that is my friend!” The key word here is “is” because that means they still have a place in our hearts. And that doesn’t happen with just anyone. So when it does, don’t take it for granted. Cherish the fact. Cherish the friendship.

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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