Just a warning, if and when you become my "friend", it's forever! I can count on one hand those people who I've "lost" over a lifetime. And, I'm sad about each one of them. Many, many of my friends are from grammar school and on through the ages. Friends mean the world to me.
I had lunch today with one of those "friends". We met 28 years ago, dated, didn't date became great friends and he has been in my life ever since. When he married, I was his wife's maid of honor and we are all good frends. He has been there for me and is the reason that my design business got its start in the commercial world. He told me the company he was affiliated with was building a headquarters and I should call and meet with the owner. - I did - got the job and then died of fright at how in the world I would accomplish that big job. We laughed about that today.
He was there when my granddaughter severed her toe and sat in the waiting room with my family as we waited for that crisis to be over.......and the toe to be reattached, successfully.
I could go on and on. Always there through the good and bad. When he had a heart attack and was in a regional hospital I had a "hissy" fit and got him transferred to the Texas Medical Center. (You don't ever want to see me have a hissy fit) He says I saved his life. I tell you all this because to me that's what friendship is............going to the max for the people who you care about in life.
And, the payback is, if you need a payback, to see those friends happy, healthy and full of life and enjoy the fun of reminiscing about the good and bad times.
Thanks John for a stroll down Memory Lane today.