I know, I know, I haven’t written in a while (yes, Floyd, this time I haven’t written, it’s not your email *wink). You want the honest truth of it all? I’ve been in a rut with nothing to say. And I figured it was better to say nothing for a while than to try to force something that would not reach anyone at all. After all, I started this blog in a desire to reach at least one person’s heart every single time I wrote.
Just a moment ago, I opened a post from my friend Duane Scott. The post is titled, The Power of Friendship. After a good moment with a friend who came to help him move his desk, he was speaking with his dad and in the conversation he asked his dad what happened in relation to how people used to go to each other’s houses all the time. The line that he wrote from his dad really hit me,
“I don’t know. The world just isn’t that way anymore.” He turns back to his computer. “We have email instead.”
I sat here thinking about that line and was found myself mourning friendships. I remember when I was growing up that we used to play outside all the time, we went to friends houses constantly, had neighbors and good friends from church over all the time, had picnics in the park, etc. and we loved it. Sure, it was a lot of work, and we may have complained up until the moment everyone got there, but when all was said and done, we had a great time and looked forward to more. I remember that when we moved to this area we started off in a small church called West End Baptist. At that church we met a family, the Gonzales’, that to this day we are still friends with. For years we would all go to eat after lunch together, hang out at each other’s houses, etc. Over the years, and church moves for all of us, we lost that somewhere along the way. Through a change in my son’s school, we met up again with the Gonzales’ and though we all still consider each other friends and still love each other, I find that I miss those days of old.
I’m very much a shy person and have very few close friends. Unfortunately, between school, work, children and just the every day demands of life, I haven’t been able to hang out with my close friends very often, and I mourn that loss. I think we should all mourn the loss of friendships, but beyond that, I think we should strive to make time for our friends, even if it’s just 10/15 minutes to swing by and say hey on our way to the rest of our busy lives. 10 minutes of face time can go a long way.