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Old 02-26-2013, 02:49 PM   #21
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Well for me at 41 Im down to about 2 real friends one being my wife.

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Old 02-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #22
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A friend will help you move. A true friend will help you move the bodies and hide them. . . etc.
A friend will support your alibi. A good friend will help you hide the body (bodies?).

I only have three good friends; my ex, my nursing school 'partner' (who’s a Marine), and my brother.

But then I’m also of Sicilian descent, so I have ‘family’.
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Your true friends are the ones that will be there when the SHTF and or you really need them most , not the ones you thought were your friends that just have a hand out

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Anyone else notice this? Or how much harder it is to find people with the same interest and become friends after about age 30?
See what it looks like after age 70, when many of your true friends have died.

I'm 75, widowed, with grown kids living hundreds of miles away. True friends are few but priceless. Some of them are my age or older, and death will eventually end those friendships. I do have some younger friends, or at least valued acquaintances, and I don't subscribe to the old guy's belief that young folks are no damn good compared to what WE were like. That's BS--I just wouldn't want to be young again in this scary world.

I often fear that the social media "platforms" are diluting the concept of friendship to a dangerous degree--who the hell has 947 "friends" and gets hurt and/or pissed off if someone "unfriends" him?

With age should come wisdom--it's not automatically true--and the ability to gauge true friendship.

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I do have some younger friends, or at least valued acquaintances, and I don't subscribe to the old guy's belief that young folks are no damn good compared to what WE were like. That's BS--I just wouldn't want to be young again in this scary world.
I am "older" and have several friends younger than me. One dear friend was 27 when he died and I have several friends in their 30's that I meet for lunch and get togethers on a regular basis. I enjoy people younger than I am. They teach me things, they make me laugh and I like their spunk and energy. I also agree that young people know a lot of things I don't. I may have 'life experiences' but when my computer breaks down, I'm looking for someone younger than I am to come look at it for me. I, too, live alone. I am not as old as you are but I don't see my 'singleness' changing in the near future. But I do have three grown children who live nearby and they do visit often.

I often fear that the social media "platforms" are diluting the concept of friendship to a dangerous degree--who the hell has 947 "friends" and gets hurt and/or pissed off if someone "unfriends" him?[/QUOTE]

You are so right here. I have a FB account but I only have 32 friends. I have a long list of people who wanted to "friend" me and I declined. I don't understand the 'hundreds of friends' thing, either.

I have a small circle of friends who check in on my since I've been unemployed, who care about me, who I meet for breakfast or lunch on occasion. I would say about 6. I also have a very dear friend whom I have never met in person. And for that I thank the social media.
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When I was younger, one of my best friends had three sons. They all went camping and hunting with my son and me.

I always treated his sons just like my own. If I brought a candy bar for my own son, I also brought 3 more for Mikes boys.

Today those boys are in their forties, and they are just as much my "close friends" as their father is. When the father and I disagree about something the boys usually side with me against their father's point of view.

I remember reading something a long time ago about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you!!

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I remember reading something a long time ago about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you!!
I try to live every day with that motto as my guide. I'm not always successful but that is my goal.
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There were five of us really tight in high school. Two have since died. The other two left have been my best friends since 1st and 5th grade.

You don't need a string of friends, just a few links of soul.

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