I am often amazed by the number of friends that I manage to keep in contact with over the years. Sometimes the only interaction I have is an occasional e-mail or annual Christmas card and letter. I am also surprised by some of those who remain friends as well as those who I thought would have been long time friends only to have that relationship disappear over time. I suppose friendship can be a slippery notion that depends alot on the meaning of friendship for whoever happens to be talking about it.
I'm one of those people who doesn't need alot of friends, and I cherish and hold on to the friends I have with religious devotion. Perhaps it's the nature of my personality. Maybe it's pathological and I should see a doctor. In any case, friendship with people who have walked alongside me on some aspect of my journey of faith and life are as the proverbs say, like gold. I don't spend alot of time analyzing the frequency of my interaction with friends to make sure I've reached my recommended daily requirement. I don't wonder whether my friends, past and present, have other friends who are more meaningful to them than I at this point in time.
In the course of my life, I'm honored to have so many people who I can call friends because we laughed together, or cried together, or simply survived together. So as I'm about to take a break from writing for a week or so, I raise my glass to my friends, old and new. Thanks for making my life rich with meaning and filled with joy.