You know I think everyone has a different idea about friendship, and many people fail to see the difference between true friends and people who are merely acquaintances. I am very fortunate to have a number of true friends, although my life would be very boring without the many acquaintances I also have so I am thankful for them as well.
To me true friends are the people who have stuck by me through good times and bad, people I may not see for years at a time but when we do catch up it is like it was yesterday. True friends accept you for who you are, all your little foibles and idiosyncrasies, true friends respect your opinions whether they agree with them or not. Heaven knows that over the years some of my friends have written or said things that just make me want to slap them, but as a friend I simply roll my eyes and keep my opinion to myself.
Unfortunately we are all getting older and the time will come when we will have to say goodbye, old age and illness will take its toll, and one by one we will slip away, just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes, but such is life.
To those of you that I hold near and dear, and you know who you are, never for one minute think I have forgotten you, you are all wonderful people and I treasure every memory.