Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lasting Impressions 13

(Today's Lasting Impressions post was written by the incredibly sweet Little Fish who is an all round great person and friend.)

When Mandy asked me to write a “Lasting Impressions” post, my mind immediately filled with all of the stories that I could tell. I am so blessed to have amazing friends and so my life is filled with anecdotes of times that we laughed or cried or made each other laugh while we cried. As my head swirled with all these ideas and I tried to settle on one, something totally different entered my brain. For some reason my thoughts turned to the recent passing of actress Bea Arthur.

Bea was known for many roles, but to my generation she will always be Dorothy Zbornak from the Golden Girls, a show about four older female friends. Due to her passing I've seen lots of scenes from that show lately and I've been reminded of what made it truly remarkable, it wasn’t a show about age or even aging it was really just a show about friendships.

Unlike so many other relationships in our lives, friendships are not bound by the constraints of age. Friendship doesn’t start at an appropriate age like romantic relationships and it doesn’t end after retirement like a business relationship. We have friends when we’re toddlers playing with blocks and friends when our hair turns white and our faces wrinkle.

When you spend time with your friends these days, do you still talk about the same things you would have ten years ago, or even five? Probably not, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s not what you talk about with your friends that matters, it’s the fact that they’re there to talk.

I know that like Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia, when I am older I will still be surrounded by true friends. We will sit together and laugh and the laugh lines that frame our eyes and mouths will grow deeper, but we won’t mind because we will know that one of life’s greatest gifts is that, no matter what age you are, you can always laugh with your friends.

This post is a tribute not to one of my friends but to all my friends new and old. This poem is a tribute not only to all of the wonderful times we’ve had, but also to the times that are still yet to come!

Thank you for being a friend

Traveled down the road and back again

You’re heart is true you're a pal and a confidant

4 comments:

Kylie said...

Sweet post. I loved the Golden Girls. It was definitely one of my favorites!! Happy Friday!!!

nory said...

That's a very good point; when I watch the show I always marvel at how wonderful it is the ladies chose to live together, to continue to be friends and etc. I hope that when I'm older my friends are still there for me too =) I know I'll be there for them!

megs said...

that was beautiful!!

I love the Golden Girls! So much!!

Amandaaa said...

friendships rock!

xoxo