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Friends are precious in every season of life

Ok, I saw it tonight for the first time, school supplies lining the aisles at our local store.

I have always said that summer is over once the 4th of July comes and goes. It is then that the advertising for ‘back to school’ is seen in our newspapers and media. Summer clothes are stuffed on clearance racks and the flowers at the local nurseries are picked-over and some look like the last rose of summer.

Our summer company has come and gone and the countdown to Christmas has begun. Yes, I said Christmas!!!

August in our family is the month with a lot of birthdays. Mine included. I love having birthdays. It reminds me that I am on the right side of the grass! Each and every day, I am so thankful.

My two best friends, through the years, have birthdays in August. One is exactly a week before mine and the other is exactly a week after. It makes it really easy to remember their birthdays. They both live in Idaho and I rarely see them, but I think of them often. They are both prayer partners and lifelong friends.

My friend Cathy, I met at the school bus stop when our girls were in kindergarten. My other friend, Beverly, I met in church and later found out that our kids shared the hospital nursery for a day when they were born. Those babies, today, live in New York and the other one lives in London. At any rate, it is amazing to me how friendships form and endure.

As we were standing in line at the Pitchfork Barbeque in Medora, I was watching my grandson, age four, making friends with another child about his age. I marveled at how friendly little kids are to each other, kids they don’t even know. This little girl and he giggled and shared while sitting on a big rock.

It has been said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Some people need a lot of friends, others are happy with a few good ones. Some people don’t feel as if they have any. I know this one thing to be true. To have a friend, you have to be one.

I’m not the expert on friends. My life and priorities are full with my family, but I do feel I need some really good friends and am blessed with just that! Now, if you love coffee, you will be my best friend. My husband and I have coffee together every morning. He grinds his own beans and covers the grinder with a pillow so he doesn’t wake me up.

But first, coffee.

I have seen this posted in various places and I couldn’t agree more.

Often venting with a friend about what is going on with life, doesn’t mean you want your friend to solve your problems. Just having them listen is a good attribute in friendship. I always try to be a good listener, myself.

Besides having coffee; watching scary movies, riding thrill rides at theme parks, shopping at antique stores, going to the beach, shopping at the mall, checking out new wineries, going to the movies, having pie at Marie Calendars, hanging out with my grandkids, and enjoying touristy stuff are all things that would make you a potential friend of mine.
Here are some of my favorite sayings about friendships:

A friend loveth at all times.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.

A good friend is cheaper than therapy.

A friend is one of those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.

Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there.

Written by Gloria Hart

Gloria Hart

Gloria lives in Dickinson, ND and lives her life with a grateful
heart and is blessed with three grandchildren.

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