Do I remember celebrating or wishing anyone on something called a Friendship Day while growing up?
I don’t! No, I am still a mile away from being ancient. Where did it pop up from? Yup, lets blame it on ‘www’ which sure is behind it. These days, it’s almost a festival and people take offense to it if not observed or; the saccharine sweetness not reciprocated, especially on social media.
So the designated day for forwarding messages to friends new and old just went by. I too jumped into the bandwagon and sent some twenty odd borrowed thoughts and e greets/messages here and there. Some marvellous and some naughty thoughts came back in text! All in all great innings 👍🏻
But sat wondering the whole time as to the friends one keeps : best friend, office friend, childhood friend, college friend, relative’s friend-turned my friend, friend’s relative turned my friend, next door friend, Facebook friend , ‘no, we are just friends’ kinda friend🤭 etc. Its like every friend in my life occupies a certain corner of the circle! Role, position, portfolio- wow! Aren’t we organised, we the homo sapiens?!
Like a wardrobe full of assortment of clothes for various occasions , we humans love to keep friends for various seasons of the heart. One friend per job profile! One to carry all our dark secrets, the other listens to all our woes while the third is for good times (the proverbial fair weather friend, remember!) 😀 Some belong to my ‘now’, while the others are from my ‘then’ – times when cycling around the park,skipping hop scotch blocks and attending birthday parties were all the socializing we knew of. These are the friends who have seen you “fail“. The friends who knew the pristine, unadorned souls of me and you. We lived in our merry little worlds and wrote cheesy quotes in scrap books when we left school; a couple of them recalled below:
Make new friends
but keep the old,
For new is silver and
old is gold.🥇
Drink hot tea,
drink hot coffee ,
burn your lips and
An aside: Just the other day, a childhood friend and I wondered on how much water has flown under the bridge. Of having lost a precious third member of our infamous trio to the ravages of time. This Friendship Day, there was one ardent wish: May God keep all of us healthy and happy till the end of life… and orchestrate at least one reunion of the trio to assuage our famished souls.