Friendship salad with crucial ingredients:
Relaxed companionship imbedded
In long-term knowledge of each other;
Foundation of enough-in-common values
Yielding fluid and win-win decisions;
Animated conversations explore
360 degrees of interests and creativity.
Serious problem-solver, dedicated conversationalist,
Even with complete and utter strangers, inserting
Her version and vision of the world, loaded with
Heaps and gobs of data, weaving facts and information
Gleaned during world travels, voracious reading,
TV documentaries, radio, DVDs, books on tape.
Observant humor that leaves me
Leaning against convenient buildings,
Doubled over in peals and delights of laughter.
Recent whimsical perceptions and observations:
Re: train breakfast: Quite a massive portion--
Glaciers of oatmeal!
Re multitude of options: So many horses in the field.
Within descriptive fantasy paragraph about road conditions
While riding in a horse-drawn surrey: Non-macadamized roads.
Her: It's Saturday; we can do anything we want.
Me: We can do anything we want all the time, if we only knew that.
Her: Well, you have to stay with logical limits of the situation.
My balance is not as good as it used to be--I haven't played hockey for some time.
Most narratives finalized by quiet,
Self-reflective inner glance, accompanied
By slight nod and affirming "uh huh,"
Assuring current summation or conclusion.
Loss of weekly church service connections
Morphed into longer mini-vacations:
Ashland's Shakespeare Festival or
Train trip to Portland's outdoor market,
Equally satisfying and enriching for the company.
My chosen Big Sis offers rich assets.
That's what friends are really for!
Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 30, 2014