Monthly Archives: August 2012

Turning Friendship on its head

Turning Friendship on its head

You know we are good friends. If you smile I smile, if you cry I cry,
if you are mad I’m also mad and if you jump off a cliff, trust me,
I will miss your e-mails.


The theme of the first Sunday of August each year is
World Friendship Day.
So, come join me on a friendly romp…



I do not intend my article to revel in the conventional philosophies of friendship – a friend in need is a friend in deed and others in its ilk.  I would rather give you a tongue-in-cheek perspective of true adult dosti.

My early lessons on friendship have stood me in good stead. As Erma Bombeck said, “A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat.”  Moral of the story: Rein in expectations, do not impose.

Clamour for attention is engulfing us like an anaconda on the loose. We are all vying for top-of-mind-recall status among friends. Don’t stress. “If you really want your friends to remember you, give them something cheap.” You will automatically become the talk of the town!

The more the merrier. Can be aptly applied to friends. Technology has chipped in to help us make friends. “No one turned up at his funeral, all 800 of them said ‘like’ on Facebook!  

But how do you recognise a true friend? Pretty easy. A true friend is someone who thinks you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. What’s more, in today’s times of inflation, a life-long friend is someone you haven’t borrowed money from yet!

However, if you are the kind that does not believe in plenty, don’t fret. Just remember this: “Everyone should have at least two friends – one to talk to and one to talk about.” That’s about it!

People often mistake friendship for love. How can they? It beats me because “Love is blind. Friendship tries not to notice.” So you know which is harder.

For many of us friends are God’s ways of apologising for our families! Talking of families, did you know that “marriage is a sort of friendship recognised by the police?”

Spouses are true friends because “a true friend stabs you in the front.” Think about it!

When you talk of spouses, you got to talk of men and women. This is what Jex Foxworthy has to say, “I notice my wife when she’s on the phone with her friends. Man, they will share every intimate detail of their lives with each other. See men, once we become friends with another man, we may never say another word to him, unless there’s valuable information that needs to be exchanged. Things like, “Hey Jim, your shirt’s on fire.”

Well, we are different. We, men and women. Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. Food for thought, eh?

Like I heard this one lament. “My wife ran off with my best friend, and I sure do miss him.

Okay, let’s get one thing straight. Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity. You have to just hang out. For the geek in you, friendship is like a network, where there are no charges of activation, free incoming, and outgoing, no signal problems with roaming facility all over the world!!

The reason I raise a toast to friendship is this: There need be no special occasions for friends to gather. From wine what sudden friendship springs! If there is a Sula or a Chateau Indage sitting in your bar, it’s perfect time to get the gang in! Incidentally, did you know that drunks do not have friends, only accomplices??

Friendship can have life-long, oops long-life impact. Read this: “My doctor gave me six months to live. Being the friend that he is, when I couldn’t pay the bill, he gave me six months more!!” Now, that’s a true friend!

Well I believe in Angels, the kind Heaven sends. I am surrounded by Angels, but I call them my best friends.

If you are like me, then you would count your age with friends, not with years.

Happy Friendship!!!

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