The RevGalBlogPals Friday Five today is about friendship:
Who is the first friend you remember from childhood? During my preschool days, Yvonne and I were inseparable at school. One day, she walked in front of someone who was swinging and got kicked in the head and there was blood and she had to leave school suddenly. Happier memories involved field trip days and our first experiences of going on a "trip" with packed lunches.
Have you ever received an unexpected gift from a friend? A friend gave me a going away party when we moved from Philadelphia to Dallas. The party itself -- of young women from our Sunday School class -- was a huge gift, though not unexpected. The unexpected gifts were that each woman had embroidered a tea towel for me. (Remember: Young women, Dallas, luncheon party, in the mid-80s!) The most unexpected and long-remembered gift was when she played the then-new song "Friends are Friends Forever" and we all cried together.
Is there an old friend you wish you could find again? Or have you found one via social media or the Internet? Yes to the first question. There are a couple of people I wouldn't mind finding again, including the women at the party I mentioned above, but I'm not looking for them, either. To the second question: Many of our high school friends are reconnecting via Facebook and have had a couple of get-togethers that I have been unable to attend so far. There is a plan for us to gather for our (*cough*) 40th high school reunion next year, but in a location far, far from any official reunion function(s).
Do you like to get your good friends together in a group, or do you prefer your friends one on one? Slight preference for one-on-one.
Does the idea of Jesus as a friend resonate with you? Yes, among a host of other images.