My husband has given me a great piece of advice.

Well, he’s actually given me many pieces of advice, but today I’m just going to share one.

A few weeks ago, my childhood friend who lives about 8 hours away was in my city for a wedding.  Time was short but we could squeeze in a quick lunch.  Without hesitation, James said, “You’ve got to go.  It’s so important to stay in touch with old friends.”

I went and had a great time catching up with my best friend from high school.

Today James is driving 4 hours round trip to have a cup of coffee with an old college friend of his.  The friend lives out of state and it’s been a few years since they’ve been able to connect.

He’s making the right choice.  He won’t regret catching up with an old friend.

My practical self can get too focused on time.

Oh, I don’t have time for that.  I couldn’t drive 4 hours just to have 1 hour with a friend.

But if that was the case, I would really miss out on something important.  Lifetime friends are few and very precious.

Do you have a friend coming into town?  Make every effort to see him or her.

Are you going to be traveling close to an old friend anytime soon?  Make every effort to have a meal or coffee together.

The years come and go.  There will always be something pressing to do.  But the memories that fill our photo albums are those shared with family and friends.

Here’s Lucy with her dear friends, Violet (the purple dog) and Cupcake (who she called Pancake for a spell).  Lucy doesn’t let a day go by without hugging her friends.  Maybe I could learn a lesson from her too!

Arlene Pellicane

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