It was my senior year in High School. Sharon was one of my best of friends.
One day I cut out a Peanuts’ Comic Strip and gave it to her. It was one of the strips where Lucy is the Psychiatrist.
The sign over Lucy’s booth says “Psychiatric Help 5¢”
Charlie Brown says he is lonely and asks Lucy “How can I cure this loneliness?”
Lucy replies, “Get some friends! Five Cents Please.”
Sharon kept the strip for a while and then gave it back to me. As the years went by I have mailed it to her then she mailed it to me. Back and forth the strip has gone for over 40 years. At one point one of us laminated it.
I last mailed it to her in 2004.
Neither of us can really remember why I gave it to her in the first place other than we didn’t need that advice…as we had each other as friends. Nor do we really know why we’ve continued to mail it back and forth.
But 41 years later…we are still friends…sharing what started out as a silly teenage action is now a tradition between friends.
Although we don’t see each other as frequently as we’d like, when we do we pick right up like it had only been a few days since we last spoke. She is a lifetime friend…a good friend. Way more than just a name on my Contact List in my phone!
When I look at my Contact List I see over 1000 Contacts!
Who are all these people?
I’ve been a Consultant for over 12 years, so the majority are Business Contacts. Some of which I know better than others and are more of a Business Friend than Contact.
Then there are my Acquaintances… people I know…but have limited interaction with…talk to them when the opportunity arises.
I also have Social friends or Personal friends…we may go out to lunch, shop, or go to the movies at times. Our conversations are light. We enjoy each other’s company, but we don’t really share secrets.
But then there is a small group of 3-4 that are my Close friends…they may fill the role of Comforter or that of Confidant…or even both. Friends that I can pour my heart out to and who can do the same to me. These are the women that could call me in the middle of the night to bare their soul. We cherish each other’s friendship.
Also in my Contact List are family members…who can take on many of these roles.
Sharon is way more than a Contact in my iPhone! And although life gets busy and we don’t see each other frequently…her friendship I value.
As I look at the cartoon I realize more than I did as a senior in High School…Lucy dished out some great advice…Get some friends!
Ed Cunningham said ~
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
Who’s on you Contact list? I pray you are fortunate enough to have at least one Close Friend…if you do please know that you are truly blessed.
As my friend Kelly said today…
Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other. Proverbs 27:17
Thanks to my friends that help me keep my mind sharp.