“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
In my travels I’ve noticed and often times captured the affection of friends around the world. For example, I’ve opened with a pair of young ladies who are sharing an obvious friendship as well as an umbrella. This was a fairly common occurrence in China, where umbrellas are used for protection from the sun as much as from rain.
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
I couldn’t hear the conversation of these youngsters, and wouldn’t have understood their language if I had, but somehow I think I got the gist of the situation 😀. The little swimmer may have been willing to listen to the lecture he was getting, but surely his was the last laugh since he’d already enjoyed his refreshing “au natural” dip in the waters surrounding Angkor Wat.
“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”
I loved the exuberance and joy these three children showed as they greeted us along their way home from school in Botswana. In my travels I’ve observed that kids find a way to overcome whatever obstacles life throws their way. This capture was made in a very poor area where school is seen as a rare privilege. These three were obviously enjoying their time together once their work for the day was done.
“The best mirror is an old friend.”
In places where a bicycle is a rare and valued possession, how fun to be able to share it with one’s best friend. I found the smiles on these young girls even more captivating than their snazzy shoes.
“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
Speaking of snazzy shoes……these two colorful ladies on the streets of Beijing were engrossed in what seemed to be a very serious conversation. Once again, their umbrellas were meant to shade them from the sun rather than keep them dry.
It seems umbrellas were a common theme as I put together today’s post. Friendship too could be seen as an umbrella that protects us from our troubles as we navigate through our lives. Somehow laughter feels better and sorrow more tolerable when shared with a good friend. Here’s to the friendships we treasure – and always remember the most important advice on the subject……to have a good friend, be one!