Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Friendship - Face to Face

Friends are so important. They can buoy you up, push you along, or redirect your path.

Although I have both male and female friends, they are different. It is said that women are friends face to face, while men are friends to one another side by side.

Maybe that is why women often make good friends throughout their lives, while men sometimes reminisce that their best friends were their buddies in high school.

Remember that hilarious movie, Nine to Five? In it three characters, from different backgrounds, played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton become friends united around a purpose. (If you don't remember the movie you might consider borrowing it from the library.)  Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin shared their thoughts on friendship in a recent TED Talk. You can follow a link to it at the end of this post.

We all need friends. Too often we let other obligations get in the way of making a phone call or visiting someone dear. At an advanced age my grandmother, Frances, and her friend, Nelle Johnson telephoned one another each day, just to make sure the other was still alive!

Frances in center
Photo from Moth at the Window by Mary F. Lachman
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I'd like to share one of several poems my grandfather, Grover W. Clayton, wrote about friendship.
from Moth at the Window by Mary F. Lachman
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In our digital life it is easy to forget that we still need face to face contact with friends. It refreshes us and energizes us in a way that Facebook does not.

Have good day.

All the best,

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