If you're ever in a jam, here I am.
If you're ever in a mess, S.O.S.
If you're so happy, you land in jail.I'm your bail.
It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are soon forgot, ours will still be hot.
I'm thinking a lot about friends these days, the ones who rush to you in times of trouble, with a casserole or a socket wrench or an invitation for coffee or lunch or a trip to the foot sanctuary. We meet friends in school or on the playground or at church or in the workplace and even on the Internet. Even as blogging has experienced some decline, the community here has been strong.
For today's Friday Five, some questions about friendship.
1) Who is the first friend you remember from childhood? Corey Guest, who went to the same Methodist pre-school I did, and where my mom worked. The church/school (Chapelwood Methodist in Houston) was in (what I call) a "big rich" neighborhood and his house seemed like Xanadu! :) We were friends right through kindergarten; then he went to the school in that neighborhood and I went to one in mine. I called him up one day in first grade...and he was quite uninterested in talking with me...which makes sense, for a first grade boy.
2) Have you ever received an unexpected gift from a friend? As a matter of fact, earlier this week my dear friend Valerie turned up in my office with a little plaque for me that says, "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our spirits forget how to fly." Just because. How great is that!?
3) Is there an old friend you wish you could find again? Or have you found one via social media or the Internet? I've written before about my college/grad school roommate who I so wish I could reconnect with. Periodically I check Facebook for her. One day, maybe.
4) Do you like to get your good friends together in a group, or do you prefer your friends one on one? I prefer one on one. As a good introvert would. :)
5) Does the idea of Jesus as a friend resonate with you? Oh yes. I remember when I realized God was REALLY real, and I was walking and talking to Jesus and said, "Hey! I'm so grateful that I know you are there, because now I never have to be alone!" (I think that's kind of the idea.)
I love that picture, by the way. It makes me smile because I adore the two people in it, one of whom I know well (thanks to blogging and RevGals) and the other I have never met and know slightly...but who enriches my life with her writing each day.