March 17, 2008

That's what Friends are for...

Keep smilin'
Keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me for sure
that's what friends are for
In good times
And bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Whatever, Stevie.
Friends are really for:

Times when you hyper focus on one area of your life & can talk about nothing else. Friends will listen to the same thoughts over & over for weeks without getting sick of you. They will understand that sometimes you just need a sounding board for the 8 million thoughts swirling in your head. They may offer advice, but will never be offended if you choose not to take it.

Nights when you just want to drive around town singing Tom Petty at the top of your lungs out the open windows of your min-van startling old ladies stopped at red lights.

3 am trips to Waffle House for hash browns with ranch dressing and hot apple pie with butter.

Laughing at Britney's latest antics and then psychoanalyzing her as you set in the floor of your closet with the telephone.

Sharing Dove chocolates, pop-ice, dancing the circle, and re-writing most of Pearl Jam's discography with a Hybrid II ink pen.

The silly and the serious.

Praying for you when times are hard and can only get harder (divorce and death). Rejoicing with you in victories small (an overabundance of bras) and large (new loves).

OK, so maybe Stevie and I are saying the same thing. What do others have to say about it?

Many thanks to

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When true friends meet in adverse hour;
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between."- Sir Walter Scott

"What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies."- Aristotle

"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?"- Henry David Thoreau

"Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes."

"May there always be work for your hands to do, may your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."- Irish Blessing

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival." - C. S. Lewis

"Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life."- Pizza Place Sign

"How do you know you've found your best friend? When you are ready to talk to them about anything, even though they know everything about you already."


Kork said...

Well said Farmie!

Raise a glass - Slainte! (Oh how I wish computers recognized Gaelic!)

Art the Omnipotent said...

Thank you my dearest friend. I thought I had moved past the tears but apparently not. I love you.

Jeni says said...

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
love that one!!! there is no greater gift than a true friend!!!

Sarah said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

you have shared some ideas/thoughts of friendship in what I think of you. Even though we have not physically met yet. Someday we shall..Or maybe we did meet on the otherside of the veil, and were meant to meet via internet? I don't know..But I treasure your friendship, kindness and love.

Mommy to 4 little people said...

How do you do it? You totally make me cry like at least once a week!! This was the most beautiful post...thank you for sharing.