Friendship takes work. It takes planning and pursuing, and when you no longer have little kids to group around, it doesn't happen so easily. Luci Shaw, a poet/writer who years ago often hired me to babysit her five kids, writes, "...friendship means frequent phone calls, letters, face-to-face visits––staying in touch. Because without touch, that contact, we feel isolated, and we'd be neglecting a person who is precious to us."
And her friend, Madeleine L'Engle writes about, " ...our sense of the grace and glory and absolute necessity of friendship."
The card (above) with quotes were sent to me by Boniface whose friendship I treasure. It's such a pleasure to hear what she's thinking ... on paper ... and in the mail! (And she usually decorates the outside of the envelope with a depiction of something that I love--like an old stack of dishes--smilin'.)