Friends Are Worth Being Thankful
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Every year around Thanksgiving I am quietly thankful for the family that I have in my life. This year I wanted to change that and share. I’m also thankful for my closest friends and reminded of how quickly those friendships with regular face to face communications can end. We’ve had family and friends move out-of-state recently who will be sorely missed. That makes this holiday season’s gatherings even more important than normal.
Friendship (with both family and non-family alike) is something I break down into two categories. Friendship is about being a friend and about having friends. While these two categories are similar, I think they each have a specific place in the life-cycle of friendships.
I love being a friend.
One of my favorite things to do is be a friend. I love to take people out for food or drink and just listen. People have stories to tell and I love to listen to them. I learn so much about myself when I hear about and compare my life story to theirs. I like to help people out with computer questions, moving, travel advice and so on. If what I know or can do can benefit a friend I love sharing that time and experience with them.
I love having friends.
One of the best parts of having friends is not having to be alone when I need to be around people. It’s also nice to have friends as a back up for emergencies and for smiles after a bad day. I’ve got concert friends, drinking friends, work friends and family friends. The list go on. I don’t have that many close friends but I’d like to think that’s because free time is hard to come by at this time in my life.
I consider my wife to be my best friend. We’re a team that can conquer almost anything when we’re on the same page. We’ve got a lot of shared experiences and stories and love spending time with each other. In many ways were are like Kirk and Spock from Star Trek, except with more romance. I’m gonna get in trouble for that reference aren’t I? Through thick and thin those two have literally saved each other’s lives within that fictional and adventurous universe. Sure they get on each other’s nerves sometimes but they care deeply for one another and want to see the other excel at what they do in life. How can you think anything else when you here Spock tell Kirk he’ll always be his friend right as he gets a lethal dose of radiation in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? I want that for Abigail. The close friendship part, not the lethal dose of radiation. If I’m to pass away before she does or if our relationship breaks down for some reason in the future I want what’s best for her. In all that she does I do everything I can to help her succeed.
All three seasons of the original Star Trek series are on Netflix and I’ve seen them each several times.
That reminds me of another great duo that Abigail and I both watched when we were growing up. Bob and Larry from the original VeggieTails released back in the 1990s. Netflix has relaunched the series as a reimagined and expanded talking vegetable universe as of November 2014 in VeggieTales in the House. Have you seen these new episodes yet?
What are some great friendships you identify with in film or on TV?