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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Need a good summer "beach read"? Find a copy of Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety. It's a well-written novel that celebrates lasting friendship. The story centers on two couples who meet at the University of Wisconsin and become close friends but who are then separated by career fortunes. But time, distance, heartaches--nothing can undo their friendship. I write this shortly after a reunion with two couples whom we've loved for a long time. One couple still lives in Arkansas; the other in Vermont. We haven't all lived in the same place for thirteen years. But time, distance, and heartaches aren't nearly enough to separate us. So, this morning a toast (I'm sipping water, but by mid-morning will switch to Diet Dr. Pepper) to friendships that survive. They don't come easily.

8 Comments:

  • "Two are better than one . . . . If one falls down, his friend can help him up" (Eccl. 4:9).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2004 07:02:00 AM  

  • "As iron sharpens iron, one person sharpens another." If one person leaves their iron out in the rain, it rusts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2004 08:07:00 AM  

  • Amen!!!

    By Blogger julie, at 7/01/2004 08:45:00 AM  

  • *raises her cup of tea* To Good Friends.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2004 09:04:00 AM  

  • Friendships like that are family. Family doesn't fade.

    By Blogger Q, at 7/01/2004 10:20:00 AM  

  • Amen. They are a precursor to Heaven. We are meeting up with just such a couple in a couple of weeks for some days of renewal. Nothing is sweeter that friends re-found.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2004 11:49:00 AM  

  • Amen! Beloved friends - strewn over the face of this earth - seen all to seldom but always held near in the heart.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 7/01/2004 12:24:00 PM  

  • Read Crossing to Safety in Uganda a few years ago and enjoyed it and was moved by it...have been looking to read Angle of Repose ever since but have not yet.

    In the words of an old b--- commercial, "Here's to good friends, tonight is kinda special..." We spent the 4th weekend with two sets of old friends, one in Busch Stadium and one in our home the next day...

    We're always better people when we think about, talk to, are with people we love.
    Greg T.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/08/2004 03:31:00 PM  

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