Friday, June 5, 2009

Older Friends

It had been thirty years since they last met. But the eyes. The shy grin. Hit life's "rewind" and notice two young boys playing in a thicket of willow bushes. Carving guns and swords out of old boards that were lying around. Eagerly shooting arrows in the air to see if they would disappear. Eating some type of dog biscuit as a snack because they were "hiding out."

Two young boys growing up in the country, playing, working, laughing and sometimes crying together. Shooting hoops in a yard, building treehouses, making a little money with a hay-hauling business.

When they were grown, one of them was Best Man for the other one. Then, somehow, they lost track.Thirty years. Then some emails were exchanged. And a phone call or two. Finally, this week, they got together and started catching up on life.
Mike was my best friend as I grew up. Other friends came and went, but when it was all done, Mike was the one who was there. Now, as a fairly new follower of Christ, Mike was able to come to the desert and spend a day.

By God's grace, it won't be the last one.

6 comments:

CHEWBARKA said...

WOW! Is that really YOU, Sam?? True friends are a gift of God and we really do need to keep them in good standing. They are a rare and precious gift. It's so great you got to rekindle this friendship. Thanks for the great pictures. God bless you both.

Laurie said...

Yes true friends are very rare, but we are blessed to have and keep one. I hope you enjoyed your time together.

C. Beth said...

That's so, so great you guys could finally connect in person.

And someone's gotta say it--that is a really cheesy wedding photo. :)

Eternal Lizdom said...

I love experiences like this!!

Sam said...

Thank you, Chewie, Laurie, Beth and Liz for all taking notice. I appreciate you!

addhumorandfaith said...

Sam -- this brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful that you have re-connected. I'm so happy for you. (And don't pay any attention to "the kid" -- I don't think the picture is "cheesy" at ALL -- mainly because I remember so well when guys dressed and wore their hair like that!) :)