“A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”
Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend. Even though we’ve not seen each other much in the past thirty years, the time flew! The conversation never stopped during our time together. We talked about each other’s families, our lives and our mutual friends. We laughed and told stories about "the good old days".
After we parted, I thought about the celery in my refrigerator. Sometimes I ignore it and it wilts. But all I have to do is put it in water and it is crispy again.
I think strong friendships are like celery. We don’t need to tend to them every day, but if they do start to wilt, we can make them crisp again with some care and attention.
I am thankful for the friends in my life. They helped form who I am today. And even though I may not see them often, strong friendships can be revived with a little thoughtfulness.
At this time of year, please spend some time putting your friendship celery in water. Call your friends, text them, or even have lunch! It’s worth it because in 30 years these people will still love you and still want to spend time with you. I am grateful for my friends!
Happy Holidays! Valerie.MacLeod@HainesCentre.com