By Diane Forrest
Several years ago when I was in Brownie Scouts we had a song that we would sing - it went like this:
Make new friends but keep the old,
One is Silver and the other Gold
We would sing it in rounds, like when you sing row, row, row, your boat...then the next group would start...and so on. At the time I didn't understand the meaning of this song, but then again I was only about 10 years old. As I have gotten a little bit older, I understand what the song means.
The old friends in your life know about your history, you have shared stories and experiences together, private jokes that no body else could understand. They have been with you during good times and bad. They are priceless and even more valuable than gold.
Making new friends is just as exciting. You can have new adventures together, make new stories and try new things. And if you’re lucky, eventually they will turn into old friends.
Sometimes our lives lead us in directions that keep us away from our friends. New jobs, expanding families, relocations can all play a part in helping to lose touch with those we care about. Luckily, today's technology allows us to keep in touch with our friends. Not only do we have computers, we also have cell phones that you can talk, text, and even see someone live. Our computers allow us to email and participate in social media such as Facebook, where we can keep in touch by reading posts and looking at pictures. You can also meet new people this way who share some of your interests. I am a bit leery of meeting new people this way. A long time friend of mine sent me a picture of a young girl around 15 or 16 years old. He asked if he should become Facebook friends with her. Since he is 69, I told him it might not be such a good idea. He would probably end up in jail or something!
This week is National Old Friends New Friends week. If there is an old friend out there that you have lost touch with, it is easy to reconnect with them, send them an email or try to locate their phone number. Its also a time to meet someone new, maybe someone you see often while you are shopping, or even meeting a neighbor. For more tips on how to celebrate this week check out this site: http://www.drjanyager.com/friendship/nationalnew-oldfriendsweek.htm