Five Minute Friday — Friend

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt really resonated with me. It was FRIEND … and came on the heels of a Facebook reconnection with friends from the past.

You might remember the Friday task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker (http://lisajobaker.com/2014/04/five-minute-friday-friend-2/) who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. She figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

As the back story, I belong to a Facebook group, I Grew Up in Paterson, NJ. Irene Golowko posted a photo of St. Anthony School, my grammar school alma mater. Irene graduated well before me, but during the discussion that followed, I linked up with Angie Bell, who graduated a year after me, but whom I readily remembered along with some of her classmates. And, of course, that reminded me of my classmates. The Facebook Friend cycle soon kicked into gear.

But the dialogue got me to thinking about friendships — short, long and lasting. And that was before Lisa Jo’s prompt!

The timer is set … so here goes. {clock starts now}

Friends. We all have them throughout our life — sometimes just for a short time, other times for longer periods and some for lifetime.

I’ve been blessed. I’ve always been surrounded by close friends. I still keep in touch with Bernie after 60-plus years. Karen was not only my wife of 40 years, but my best friend and confidant. Sonni has become special since Karen’s death. And, of course, the cornerstone, has been a lifelong friendship with Jesus Christ.

The value of a close friend is they see you at your best and your worst … and they love you just the same. They tease you … they encourage you … they pull you up … they point out your shortcomings in a loving way. And you hope you are just as good a friend to them as they are to … STOP

… you.

I believe people are placed in our lives for a reason. Even the mild acquaintances play a role in our personal development. And we don’t acknowledge them enough. They are all a part of a plan.

So — for Bernie … and Carmen … and Murray … and Tommie … and Angie … and Dawn … and Carol … and Fred … and Louie … and Marlene … and Pat … and Nora … and Bob … and Ron and Arlene … and Rudy … and Brian … and Pat … and Ellen … and Marilyn … and Andy … and Joe … and Hank … and Fred and Marlene … and Pat and Al … and Frank and Rita … and Steve and Kathy … and Leita and Bruce … and Dennis … and Steve … and Harold and Judi … and Dave and Linda … and Steve and Karen … and Donna … and Bonnie and Dave .. and Cheryl … and Frank … and Mike … and Joe … and Diana … and Judy … and Rick … and Marti … and Bob … and Doris … and Casey … and Dave … and Lou Ann … and Cathy … and Phyllis … and Mike … and Lisa … and Tina … … and Cindy … and Deb … and Diane and Jerry… and Stew … and Anita … and Ann … and Gail … and Kathy … and Joan … and Lauri … and LeAnne and Ray … and Alene … and Greg … and Diane … and Connie … and Marcy … and Mick … and Pam … and Patsy … and Sue … and Sonni … and … and … and — Thank you for being my friend! I hope I was and am a friend to you.

Well, that’s what popped into this mind this week.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God has you in the palm of His hand. He has answers to all the problems you are facing now and all you will face in the future.

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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Friend

  1. Heather says:

    For all the criticism of Facebook, I’ll always be thankful for its ability to keep people in contact with each other. I found your blog from Lisa-Jo’s and I’m so glad to see such a great testament to the lasting bonds of friendship!

    • You are right about Facebook … I’ve re-connected with my cousin (through his wife) … my grandfather’s niece-in-law … Angie from St. Anthony’s … others from my high school Don Bosco Tech … and still more Facebook friends through the blog and Lisa Jo.

  2. Angela (Belluardo) Graziano says:

    Joe,
    It was quite nice to reconnect with old classmates today. Because of FB, I am now reconnected to the Della Torre’s, and Dawn C. We are even making plans to meet in the summer. Your definition of a “friend” brings to mind a quote written in my graduation autograph book (which I still have): A fellow graduate, Gene Albamonte, wrote ,” A friend is a person who knows all about you, and likes you anyway..” I have never forgotten that. It is so true. I have been blessed my whole life with exceptional friends, and I am a better person because of them. Thanks for the opportunity to let them know how I feel.
    Angie Bell

    • I’m glad for the re-connection. Our lives are paved with friendships. You got the ball rolling … or actually Irene did. Say hello to the girls. Bernie and I are going to meet at his mom’s house in Toms River one of these weekends and we’re trying to get Carmen to come down as well. We — as you — have a lot of catching up to do. Stay in touch.

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