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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Friendship by Ruth Smith Meyer
grandfather wrote in my autograph book, “Make new friends, keep the old, one is
silver, the other gold.” Of all the autograph verses I collected, I think that
is the one I most often remember.
the past three months, I have been reminded once more of that little saying. Those weeks have given my many opportunities
to visit and spend time with friends, old and new.
friend who has been through a difficult year is home after a ten-month
hospital stay recuperating from Gille Barre syndrome. She still can’t be left alone, so I am
staying with her one morning a week until her PSW worker comes so her husband
can go to work. Those times have been rich in friend-fellowship.
times a year, three of us who worked together in the ‘90s get together for
lunch. It’s always a fun time with lots
of laughter and memories. That happened again in October. As usual, I came home with my heart lifted.
have been several days spent with writer friends as we promoted our books at
signings and sales events. Much more
than sales happen there—a lot of sharing and support comes in those moments and
times in the past three months, I’ve shared breakfast with new friends, getting
to know them better and finding ways we can enjoy each other.
I met with former friends and colleagues at meetings. In such cases there’s never time enough to do
more than whet the appetite for spending more quality time with those you see
after extended absence from one another.
the most memorable friendship renewing time happened in October when three of
us got together for lunch and a wonderful afternoon. As teenagers, we had formed a trio and sang
together in various places. Although I
have seen both of them since, the three of us haven’t been together in one
place for probably almost 60 years.
would think after such a long time, it would have been hard to know what to
talk about. But that’s the surprising
thing about old friends—you seem to be able to start again where you left
off. Oh we did a lot of catching up, but
there was something so solid and comfortable about being together again. My heart sang most of the way home.
Jackson Brown Jr. said we should remember that the most valuable antiques are
dear old friends, but I think I will go with Thomas Aquinas who said,
nothing on this earth more to be prized that true friendship.”
as Oliver Wendall Holmes put it,
“There is no friend like an old friend who has
shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his
wished I could find pictures of all those friends, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t even find one photograph of the
three of us together. But there are many
in my mind and in my heart, and that’s what matters most.
Ruth Smith Meyer enjoys life in Ailsa Craig, Ontario. She feels very honoured to have been part of the writing of three books this past year. "Good Grief People," "Christmas with Hot Apple Cider" and "Christmas Stories and More."