I have 700+ friends on Facebook, but those aren’t the kind of friends I’m talking about. I recently attended my 20 year high school reunion. There were lots of handshakes, hugs, laughs and a good time was had by all, but the technical term for that group is cohorts. We are all roughly the same age and have a shared collection of experiences, but very few out of that large group are real friends. That’s what I’m talking about; the real, true blue trough and through type of friend.
It’s good to have contacts in your line of work, to be cordial to the members of your church, you can never have too many friends. But you might not see your motorcycle buddies anymore if you sold your motorcycle. Nobody has any hard feelings it’s just that they will be out riding together and you won’t be with them. If you gave up playing bridge, or quilting, or volunteering at the community kitchen then the pals you had there you simply won’t be hanging around anymore. Everyone needs one, two or three close friends that will be there regardless. Who can you call at 7 a.m. if your battery is dead and you need to get work? Who would go with you on a hospital visit if you didn’t want to go alone? Who would help you move? Park a rented moving truck in front of your house and watch people steer clear like you have leprosy.
There are situations in life when we find out who are real friends are. I am thankful for the Facebook friends, the Twitter followers and the blog subscribers. But I especially thank God for those through think and thin friends that come through when you really need one.