Tonight I went out with a couple of my girlfriends. We met at a local restaurant which wasn't too far for any of us. We hadn't seen each other in several months so conversation started flying from the minute we sat down together. The waitress finally gave up checking to see if we were ready to order and just told us to put our menus on the edge of the table to signal to her when we were ready.
I love having friends like that. Even though we don't get together as often as we would like, we pick up where we left off when we see each other. For the next two and half hours we talked and ate and talked some more. We all left with smiles on our faces and plans to meet again soon.
I came home to a quiet house, still smiling in my recent memory of good fellowship. I started a fire in the fireplace and made myself a sweet treat. Hot chocolate is perfect for such frigid night.
We all should take more time to get with our friends. We work, come home, sleep and do it all again the next day. But if you get sick or hurt, your job isn't going to comfort you. When you want to share your highs or your lows with someone, I bet it isn't your co-workers you think of first.
Who are you thinking of right now? Call them, e-mail them, or text them. If you're blessed to have them close by, set up a time to meet for coffee, or rent a movie and watch it at your house or theirs. Just like keeping a good fire in the fireplace, the point is to keep those friendships stoked. Don't let those friends slip away due to neglect. Sure it takes some effort on your part, but I've always said, if it's worth having, it's worth working for. Friends are our sweet treats. Treat yourself to some friend time.
True friends are very difficult to find, hard to leave, and impossible to forget.