Sunday, January 16, 2011

“Friendship? Yes, Please”

It’s been a quiet weekend for blogging. Contrary to what  some folks may think, we DO take occasional time off from posting and reading blogs. This was one such a weekend.

The above quote is attributed to Charles Dickens and describes our weekend activities. Grenville and I hosted dear friends, Marty & Bob, for an overnight stay at The Frog & PenguINN. In case you didn’t already know it, the F&P is not really a B&B, but the name we affectionately call our home, where friends are always welcome. A few days ago we learned that M & B were planning to stay at a local motel as they had to escape construction dust for health reasons. If you’ve ever done, or had work done in your home, you can understand that there’s always dust.

So, we told invited them to our place. M & B  brought dinner, Grenville baked Italian bread, and I made a salad and banana-nut bread. (Sorry there are no photos of dinner. It was delicious and we got to keep the leftovers!)

This impromptu get-together was great fun – a wonderful afternoon and evening filled with conversation, good food, and games. Thanks to our friends for being  such good company that they feel comfortable enough to always bring their slippers to wear in our home and to eat breakfast in “comfy” clothes (sweats or PJs). In the words of Euripides: One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. We could not agree more.

Other writers said this of Friendship

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.  AND

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. AND

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Be slow in choosing your friends; slower in changing. (Benjamin Franklin)

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice. (Samuel Johnston)

My friends are my estate. (Emily Dickinson)

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. (Epicurus)

Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. (Cicero)

Friends have all things in common. (Aristotle)

And, to my best friend and love, Grenville, I offer these  observations on friendship . . .best friends (6)

Friendship is a single soul dwellings in two bodies. (Aristotle)

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. (Henry Ford)


Tomorrow (January 17) is a U.S. federal holiday set aside to commemorate the birthday of non-violence activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said of friendship:

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Isn’t that the truth?


Anonymous said...

Your weekend sounds lovely and relaxing. I'm glad that you could spend it with friends. You've reminded me to carry slippers with me, when visiting friends or relatives. Slippers are so much warmer than just stockings!

Anvilcloud said...

You did a good things and rewarded with a good time of fellowship with friends.

The Gingerbread House said...

it's nice to have friends that you can be normal with visit and have a few laughs's good for the soul.. Ginny

possum said...

Good for you all! Glad it worked out!

grammie g said...

Hi Beatrice...
What a lovely post and ever so very good quotes to..Emerson's...afford to be stupid with !!
Some of my best friends and I finish each others sentences in unison!!
One just drops in some mornings in here pj's gets herself a cup of coffee makes herself a bagel,and I just sit ,and she will look at me and say do you want one too...hahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

A real friend is one that you re-find after 30 years and can pick up the conversation where you left off.
A best friend is one that snuggles you in the middle of the night.

Anonymous said...

Great quotes!
Couldn´t have said them better myself :-)

Have a great day now!

Out on the prairie said...

So nice to share with many.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hello blog "friends" - Linda, AC, Ginnie, Possum, Grammie G, Christer, Steve - because that is what Grenville and myself consider all of you, even if we haven't met face-to-face. Maybe one day we will actually meet one or more of you, and if that happens, it will truly be like meeting an "old" (not in the age sense) friend. Good friends are always cherished, especially you, Grenville.

Daisy said...

Sounds like a lovely time. Good friends are our most precious treasures, I think. I enjoyed all the quotes too. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Just wish to thank our lovely friends for their hospitality this weekend. Our friendship with "The Frog and The Penquinn" is and has been growing leaps and bounds. B and I are so blessed to have such two friends as F & P. Isn't it great and wonderful when you meet someone new that something just clicks and there you are being friends, laughing, joking, and enjoying each others company. That is how B and I feel about F & P. They are our buddies and dear, dear friends. Love to both of you. M & B

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Daisy. It was fun finding those quotes, and so many ring very true. Good friends are like jewels and so much more precious.

M&B, you are so welcome - anytime. Just let us know whenever you need a return stay. We love you both too.

Ann Nichols said...

It just warmed my heart to read this post!! It was filled with not only with beautiful words (some extra lovely!) but action on your part. How sweet and kind and generous of you to always have your home open for friends.

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