I know I have mentioned that in my past I was in show biz. The connections one makes in that business can, I suppose like in many other walks of life, be constant or short lived. I was fortunate enough to enjoy close friendships with many of the actors, singers and dancers I met in the profession. Even when I left the UK to expand my horizons, as it were in the US, I kept in close contact with those I considered my good pals.
Over the years, a trip back to Blighty wouldn't have been complete without looking up old friends for a pint, or afternoon tea, or actually descending on them for a week's hospitality. Of course, when it was their turn to visit me, it was my pleasure to act as host, tour guide and airport shuttle driver. The camaraderie, the conversations, the laughter, the gossip, still reverberate when I remember those wonderful moments in time, that sadly cannot be repeated.
Of course, I have made friends in the US, but even here the march of time has caught up and again taken from me those I held dear. Friendships of thirty, forty years are hard to let go of, and only in the past week I've had to say goodbye to three friends who passed, really before their time. Cancer and heart problems, two areas of medical research that, despite the zillions of dollars pumped into them by government and charitable donations, the experts never seem to get to the root of the problem. Or perhaps I'm being cynical and bitter. Losing dear ones can do that to you.
I treasure the friendships I have had, still have, and look forward even now, to making new ones.
William Penn said:
A true friend freely advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously and continues a friend unchangingly.
I think I've been fortunate in having those kind of friends, and sincerely hope I have been as good a friend in return.