This party was arranged to meet another friend from the past whom I had not seen for 35+ years. The party lasted for almost 5 hours but it felt like it was just a few minutes.
It shows that old friends from our youth can reconnect like the time has not passed at all. As I get older, I feel the need to reconnect with old friends and their families and together spend time talking about the past, the present and the future.
One thing I have learned is that you need to work at your friendships. Each person needs to connect with you one-on-one and ensure that the friendship continues. It takes the effort of a phone call, an e-mail, a visit and a continuing thread to make the relationship prosper.
I always marvel at people who make it seem so easy. Friendship like a marriage or a business partnership is a two way street. If one person is not willing to work at it, the relationship withers and dies.
I can say that the friends I have cultivated, I continue to have after all these long years and will have them forever.