“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.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Beautiful words Webb and oh so true! Thanks for this reminder this morning.

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