“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
I was blessed
to be able to connect with five of my best friends this past weekend. I’ve known them most of my life – some as far
back as second grade. From the first “Z
Man!” it didn’t take long to revert to that child-like side of me – the one
spewing one saying after another we made up some three decades ago – and loving
every minute of it.
We’re still the
ultra-competitive bunch giving every last drop of energy to pull out the
Monopoly victory or a win on the bocce court tucked beautifully in a California
vineyard. Nobody has ever summoned my
competitive will more than these guys – either in the classroom, athletic
field, or board game; and few have ever raised my frustration level as high (especially when at the losing end of something).
But few have
ever been there for me as much as these guys – in the good times and the bad. From dropping everything to attend my wedding, to dropping everything to be there for my Dad’s funeral (and then being the ones to pour my soul out to after putting up a brave face for
months after losing him).
spread out across the country now and we may only see each other once every few
years, but as the quote says: "Good friends are like stars; you don't always see
them but you know they are there." Amen.