Thursday, January 7, 2010

Expoundable Final Quote

"Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, "sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends." I know I am very fortunate in that respect."

- C.S. Lewis

Yes, Jack knew something about life and the value of friendship.

Is friendship the chief happiness of my life? I know my life is better if I see at least one person I love a day. Someone I can throw my arms around and whose heart I can press.

I went to work in Leeds England for a time in 2004/2005. A month in, I learned that my brother was traveling to London. The creatives laughed at me when I said I was leaving rehearsal early that afternoon. They stopped laughing when I packed my bags and jogged on out. When I returned the next day, they understood. I supposedly looked like a drastically different being. I cried to them, "Don't you get it? I haven't seen anyone I love in 32 days. I'm dying."

"Don't you love us?"

"Not yet."

I started to whither again pretty quickly when a colleague demanded I come to a house party. I hemmed and hawed and when she finally agreed I could come in my jammies, I acquiesced.

Smart woman and I am forever grateful. There I made friends I love. Friends I could see every day when I lived in England.

Now, we suffice with emails and infrequent visits. But there's a hiking trip in the Alps with one next Autumn.

It's across the world, it's good and it's certainly happiness.

And I thank you, dear friend, for the writing assignment. Yes, the world is harsh and cruel but these little expoundaments have given me strange happiness.


  1. thank you for that...friend


  2. I'm so happy you're in my address book. :-)



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