With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Making Time for Friends

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Making Time for Friends

Very early this morning, I met up with a dear friend since childhood for breakfast at a nearby diner.
Carolyn and I were next-door neighbors since she was born 8 months after me.
We spent most of our childhood together.
I previously posted about the beautiful afghan her mom made for me when I was a kid.
Here we are at my cousin Karen's 1st birthday party. (Only the back of Karen's head and party hat are seen). Looks like a pretty rowdy group if you ask me!
Carolyn and I liked to bake cakes together.
This one looks like a 4th of July cake.
Carolyn's dad was from the Spartenburg, South Carolina area and several times her family invited me along on their vacation.  This shot was taken with her sister while visiting Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Carolyn and I were about 15 and 16 years old here.
On the Stone Mountain Tram lift.
Carolyn was in our wedding as was baby Karen (mostly grown up here).
Wes is John's brother, Dean is John's cousin.
I thought about changing this photo to black & white but decided to share it in the original colors of the 1970's Polyester Burgundy shade.  You just don't see many men wearing these tux's in their weddings any more! Don't tell me your opinion of the pink ruffled shirts, the sideburns or the platform shoes.
We thought we were stylin'.
The fashion styles have not lasted (thankfully) but the marriage and the friendships have :)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is
a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Prov 18:24 
"Keep your friendships in repair."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can never think of promoting my convenience at the expense of a friend's interest and inclination."
- George Washington

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant."
- Socrates, Greek Philosopher

"I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody."
- Benjamin Franklin

"With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world."
- Helen Keller 

"The friendship that can cease has never been real."
- Saint Jerome

"Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins 

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
- Helen Keller 

"Never injure a friend, even in jest."
- Cicero

"Friendship? Yes Please."
-Charles Dickens


Mildred said...

So glad you two had your visit this morning. What an incredible friendship you two have shared. I love the photos. Your John will be happy to hear that brother (Larry) married in a red tux too! The photo of you two making the cake is precious and should be a part of the cookbook I hope you will author one day!

d~ said...

I love this post! Yes, a true friend is certainly a treasure. Thanks for sharing your childhood friendship that has lasted through the years. I love the quotes. I love that you posted your original wedding photo as well : ). We'll call it classic and nostalgic, for that it is. You all look so young and beautiful, polyester and all.

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful friendship.

Snap said...

So nice of you to share your dear friend with us!

NanaDiana said...

There is nothing better than an old friend to make you feel loved and appreciated...and also to blackmail you with secrets that no one else knows! Hugs- thanks for the wonderful post- Diana

Kathleen said...

Beautiful, L! You are adorable still! I am a bride of the 70's! Let's not go there! :)

Life In a Little House said...

Wonderful!! We should always celebrate the gift of friendship ~Beautiful post Love Heather

Susan said...

I think it's so super you have such a long-term and special friend, LDH. That is one of life's greatest and most precious gifts, to be sure. Susan

crochet lady said...

How lovely to have such a life long friend.

Maggie Ann said...

What a precious friendship! Also my stars were so pretty on the Christmas....thanks again.

Lady Farmer said...

Friendship is one of the best gifts God has given us, don't you think?
Oh, I love your wedding photo ~ so very much like mine. My dress was very similar, my headpiece was a 'Mantilla' like yours, and the suit was almost exactly like my hubby's only his was white!
What great photos and memories from your cherished friendship with Carolyn!

Janice said...

lol at the tuxes and fashions. Let's face it, today's fashions are no worse! How amazing to have kept that friendship all those years. I met my dearest friend just 11 years ago, she is my soulmate but it took us longer to find each other.

Ann said...

How wonderful that you have stayed friends all these years. I don't even know where any of my childhood friends are these days. Isn't that sad?

Vivienne said...

aww love this post - def a reminder to continue to keep in touch with those childhood friends this year and continue making memories with them :)
haha love the fashion ;)

LaPhemmePhoodie said...

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I've never seen them before. So fun to look at them. I love the recipes too. You have a lovely site.

Corners of My Life said...

Such a rich history you share with Carolyn.


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