Tuesday October 17, 2006


There’s a song, sung as a round, that I learned in Brownies.  Okay, I know I’m pushing 50, but I do still remember that little tune I learned 40 years ago.

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
and the other gold.

The last few months have been a time of transition for Copper and I.  We joined a new church this past Spring, and have made a lot of great, new friends.  However, it’s been hard maintaining contact with the folks from our old church.  It was hard to leave such near and dear friends.  In fact, my eldest daughter, Corin, and her family are still at our old church, along with her husband’s parents.

Last evening, however, we had the wonderful opportunity of spending the evening with Corin & Rob, as well as with his parents.  It’s an annual event, actually.  We meet every year, as close to October 17 as we can.  We celebrate the day, October 17, 1999, when the two sets of parents met to first discuss the possibility of a courtship between our children.  We met at a restaurant for dinner that night, just Rob’s parents, Copper & I.   We’ve met for dinner annually ever since, but now we include Rob & Corin, too!  (If you missed Corin’s courtship story, you can read all five parts of the story here.)

We had a delightful evening last night.  Steak dinners for everyone (except Copper who is the Hamburger King and would rather have a burger than a steak any day!).  We caught up a bit.  We talked nonstop.  We laughed a LOT!  No one can tell a story like Corin’s father-in-love!!  They came to our place afterwards for dessert, more conversation and more laughter.

All this morning, that round I learned in Brownies has been running through my mind.

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
and the other gold.

While I am happy for, and treasure, all the new friendships we are making; I do want to remember to maintain the old friendships as well.  My days are full.  Your days are full, too.  But we should never be too busy to maintain friendships.  Send
an email.  It doesn’t matter if they answer back, you maintain your end!  Send cards for birthdays, anniversaries, or just because.  As your friends pop into your mind throughout your days, lift them up in prayer.  And, on those occasions when you are able to spend time together, treasure every minute!

New friends are precious silver, but old friends?  Old friends are gold.  Fine gold.  Polished to a beautiful patina with the years of shared experience.  What a treasure!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households!
Proverbs 31:27

 

 

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