ďMy father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.Ē ~ Lee Iacocca, Former CEO of Chrysler
April 30, 2003
This month I have been thinking a lot about my friends, because I have been doing a series of writing prompts about friendship. When I was in school, I dreamed about just having somebody to walk to classes with. Having a best friend seemed like the most wonderful thing in the world. When I did finally acquire a true best friend, it turned out to be nothing like I expected, but everything I ever dreamed of.
I have never had a lot of friends, nor needed to be surrounded by friends, but, looking back over my life, I have been blessed by several real friends. In one particularly poignant friendship, I was with my friendóat least in spiritóas she came to terms with her terminal illness. One friendship has survived the test of distance. Another came about in part because of proximity, but grew to become a real friendship. A couple of my friends I have never even met, but that doesnít make the friendship any less valid.
I could fill this essay and then some with my collection of friendship quotes, and I am sure that anyone who read it would recognize one or more of their friends. But, instead of doing that, Iím going to give my personal take on what constitutes a real friendship.