Thursday, July 26, 2007
These are my friends Dawn and Debbie, who I have been honored to have as friends for over 35 years. We got together for dinner tonight, as we often do, to catch up with each other, and we had fun reminiscing about kooky things we did growing up. We used to sing together, and once we climbed across a dangerous catwalk above our church sanctuary and out onto our steeple so we could sing "Lift Thine Eyes" to the entire community of Woodlawn. It was unfortunate that no one noticed. We also rolled yards late at night and, even (very affectionately) soaped our pastor's car windows. We confessed it to him the next day and he said we were on his black list, but he said it with a smile on his face. There were many more mischievous deeds that occurred, none that were really bad, but all were really fun.
Debbie and Dawn have been with me through the high as well as the low points of my life. That is true friendship. If you have friends like this, value them and keep in contact with them. Author and critic, John Leonard once said, "It takes a long time to grow an old friend." And an old friend is the very best kind.