Friends

friends

I remember bumping into a friend one day and the first thing he said to me was, “All our friends are dying.”

Sometimes I pause and think, “Am I blessed to be living this long?”

Indeed, as I have grown older, friends have left this earth for the afterlife. Then there are friends who still remain, but you want to avoid, for they have become grumpy and critical in their old age.

So the friends that you want to see and spend time with are those who will talk about most things under the sun without judgment but with laughter and good-naturedness. At the end of the day you feel relaxed and thankful for friends.

For one who lives alone, I often wonder if I’ll live too long that there will be no friends to mourn me when I go.

“Find a wife,” my friends would advice. As if that’s as easy as picking flowers from a garden.

“Don’t be romantic; just find someone who can take care of you,” they add. That’s even worse. I don’t think any woman would want to be proposed to with, “Will you marry me to take care of me?”

I have well-meaning friends, but they can be ridiculous at times. So I just smile and shake my head. As I am in my twilight years, looking for a wife becomes more difficult.

So I will just have to be content with seeing my close friends once in a while and hope that I will not one day find an empty table at the cafe where we always meet.

Message from a Friend

message from a friend

Dear Friend,

I will not pretend to understand what you’re going through, the extreme sadness that you’re feeling. Because I may not know the right words to say.

But know this. I will always be here for you. No matter how long it takes.

I will listen to you. Lend my shoulder for you to lean or cry on. Buy you ice cream. Open my heart to you.

I do not profess to be stronger than you. Or wiser. On the contrary, I may just be as weak or weaker. But I know, that together, we can pull this one through.

And, if dusk begins to set, you will not be alone. I will continue to be beside you. But, if perchance you would want to be alone, know that my heart will stay with you as well as my loving thoughts and prayers.

So, take courage, my friend. The sadness cannot hold you forever. A new day is coming. And I will be here to await your awakening. Then we can walk together.

Into the sunshine.

Your friend,
Manriq

P.S. The coffee’s brewing for you and me…