There is a good friend of mine who lives about 700 miles away that I trade an email with just about every single day of the year. The exchange is usually just a few lines. Yet, it amazing how well we are able to keep up with each other with those short little but consistent emails.
Lately we have been comparing notes on the weather in each of our locales and this morning I wrote him about the record 107 degree temp here yesterday. While here in Oklahoma we are having record highs yesterday in Colorado just 700 miles away it was raining. I only know that because he wrote and told me.
My friend is semi-retired and has more small hand power tools than anyone else I have ever known. A hobby of wood working takes a good deal of his time. He seems to always be coming up with a new self assigned project and making something out of wood for a friend or family member. From chests to clocks to display boxes he makes them all and more. I frequently get photos of his latest effort whether it is a toy chest for his granddaughter or a pen storage box for his wife’s office.
Through emails I am able to keep up with happenings in my friend’s family. I knew about his oldest son buying a house recently and got to see photos of the house. There are regular updates on the interesting things his very intelligent and observant 1st grade granddaughter comes up with.
When my buddy takes a trip, I know almost always where to, for how long and the general purpose of the travel. He just wrote this morning about heading to a school reunion this upcoming weekend.
One of my friend’s two sons is quite an artist. While it is not something the son does for a living, he does sell a piece here and there. I look forward to the holidays each year to see what this son has added to his outdoor Christmas display. Each Christmas season my friend’s son makes additional characters for his home lawn exhibition that includes some of the most original depictions of elves I have ever seen. I know because I get new images via email each year.
He and I also have fun with each other with some good old fashioned kidding and goofing around from time to time. Usually some sort of play on words or just having fun with something one of us has written is good fun and entertainment.
I always know when it is a patriotic holiday my friend will out ridding his red, white and blue motorcycle wearing his flag jacket. I look forward to hearing specifics about who waved, honked, saluted and appreciated his efforts. Whether it’s Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, Flag Day or some lesser patriotic remembrance, somewhere on the streets of Colorado my friend can be found.
He and I have known each other close to 30 years and we began as two people who worked for the same company. Over the years we each went our separate professional ways, but have steadily become closer friends as time has passed. Neither of us are people who make friendships easily or fast. Old and un-fractured friendships are rare, yet that is what we share. We have never had a cross word exchanged.
I have written all that to say, today at the top of my gratitude list is my friend and the daily emails we share. He is a unique, quirky and intelligent man with a twisted sort of humor that I appreciate a lot. His novel view of things is a good match for mine. We are completely different is so many ways, but yet at our core we are basically the same. Today it is for my good friend that I feel much gratitude for. I am honored to call him my friend.
Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. Swedish Proverb