Mary, Tina, and Gloria were the main characters in the mini memoir of my life called The College Years.
Here we are about to graduate. Tina appears to have the stage.
There were a few things we still didn’t know. 🙂
Like all graduates, we had no idea of where we would ultimately live, travel, or work.
We wanted to stay close, but it was hard to do.
Sometimes we wrote letters. Sometimes we called. Sometimes we even got together.
After a decade, there were children.
After a few more decades, the children began to fly away.
So we flew also, back to each other.
We celebrated our 50th birthdays together, starting an annual tradition.
Can you match the faces in the photo above with the ones below?
We graduated from college, but we didn’t graduate from friendship!
Today I read this wonderful meditation on friendship by the poet David Whyte.
Here are his concluding words:
the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
Do you agree with David Whyte? Please testify below!