There are two prompts today that seemed to fit together like a hand in a glove. One prompt, Throwback Thursday is from Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude. The two alternate hosting the prompt. The idea is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “friendship.” Maggie wants to know…
Who was the earliest friend you remember?
My parents had just moved us to Silver Spring, Maryland from Newark, New Jersey. I was five years old and going into first grade. Dennis was one of the first kids I met at school and he lived a few blocks from where I lived. He and I became fast friends.
What drew you to this person?
He knew his way around the block and around the school, so he could show me the ropes. And he liked the same things I liked.
What kinds of things did you do together.
We hung out, played games, and had fun. Hell, we were only five years old!
Did you have pen pals?
I used to keep in touch with long-distant friends via the exchange of letters, but these days it’s primarily via emails and text messages.
Have you maintained long-term friendships from childhood.
Only one, actually. We have moved so often in my adult life that I’ve lost touch with most of my childhood friends.
Did you have autograph books?
How about high school yearbooks signed by friends?
Yes, I still have my high school yearbook signed by friends from back then, although I can’t recall the last time I looked at it.
What kinds of things may have made you sever friendships?
As I said, we’ve moved around a lot over the years, so after a while, life, time, and distance just got in the way of keeping the friendships going.
Are you a friend collector – the more the better – or are you content with the intimacy of a few close friends?
The latter. I have a relatively small circle of close friends.
How does your personality (shy or outgoing) affect the friendships you develop?
At this stage of my life, my age is what affects new friendships, so other than casual friendships with my neighbors, I haven’t made many new friends lately.
What is the quality you desire in a friend?
Knowing that this friend “has my back.”
Now that I’ve answered Maggie’s question on friendships, let’s move on to the other prompt, which is the Thursday Inspiration prompt from Jim Adams. Jim’s prompt usually focuses on music, and today he gave us the song “Holding Out for A Hero,” by Bonnie Tyler. But he also said we could respond to his prompt by using the word “need.” I, of course, thought what goes together better than “need” and “friendship.” And in response to Jim’s prompt, I’m giving you this classic song from Carole King, “You’ve Got a Friend.”