If you're ever in a jam, here I am.
If you're ever in a mess, S.O.S.
If you're so happy, you land in jail. I'm your bail.
It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are soon forgot, ours will still be hot.
I'm thinking a lot about friends these days, the ones who rush to you in times of trouble, with a casserole or a socket wrench or an invitation for coffee or lunch or a trip to the foot sanctuary. We meet friends in school or on the playground or at church or in the workplace and even on the Internet. Even as blogging has experienced some decline, the community here has been strong.
For today's Friday Five, some questions about friendship.
1) Who is the first friend you remember from childhood? I remember my little group of friends from Jane Austen's Village, Ruby and her little sister, especially, and my pastor's children, too.
2) Have you ever received an unexpected gift from a friend? Yes, recently several friends have done kind things for me. A local friend (Hi, M!) took me to Soak, the foot sanctuary linked above, and Mary Beth also sent me a gift card to use there, which LP and I put to use back in August. These gestures of kindness remind me to care for myself
3) Is there an old friend you wish you could find again? Or have you found one via social media or the Internet? All those old friends in #1 have come back into my life, to one extent or another, through the Internet. Ruby found my newspaper columns and contacted me. My pastor's son and I connected on Facebook, and his sister recently emailed me after a friend saw a mention of her in a blog post.
4) Do you like to get your good friends together in a group, or do you prefer your friends one on one? My daughter laughs about how I keep my friends apart! But one of the things I've loved about the friends I've met through blogging is getting together with them in groups. It's fun to see them with skin on and to watch them interact with each other. And I must say one of the great joys of my life is my weekly preacher group, because all the members are also my friends. (That's a picture of jo(e) and me up above, taken in 2007.)
5) Does the idea of Jesus as a friend resonate with you? At times in my life, very strongly. At other times, I forget, and focus on Jesus as teacher or Savior or even (gasp!! I'm a Congregationalist with a relatively low Christology!!) God. But right now I could use that friend, and I'm grateful for that personal sense of Jesus taught to me when I was a very little girl, playing with those friends from #1.