“For nothing, in truth, can replace that companion. Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having planted in an acorn in the morning to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.” — Antoine De Saint-Exupe’ry, Wind, Sand, and Stars.
When it comes to friendships I am a very fortunate and wealthy man. Sadly, as my time on earth passes, I am starting to lose a few friends, and I find myself reading the obituaries in the Arkansas newspaper every day. Time does its duty and as more friends slip away I am deprived in the words of Saint-Exupery, of “their shade.”
One of God’s greatest gifts to humankind is friendships. Time’s lesson is to hold on tight to my companions as long as God allows.