One of my feeds tells me that today is International Friendship Day so I've been doing a little bit of hunting on the web and as far as I can see it may be Friendship Day (I hope all days are that!) but certainly not International Friendship Day!
Friendship Day is a day with a murky sort of presence, It's celebrated on different days in different countries. Hallmark Cards tried to promote it back in the nineteen thirties but met with consumer resistance. (Good for nineteen thirties consumers, say I!)
Anyway, I've been thinking of my various friends whilst I've been indulging in my early morning coffee. There's Alice, one of my oldest friends. I met her when her family came over from Northern Ireland when I was still at school and the headmaster asked me to be her "godmother" until she found her feet. Fifty years on we are still friends.
There's Amy who came to stay earlier this year. Many years ago she replied to my advert for accommodation when I moved to a new city and she was my landlady for several years. After a short break I became her landlady but no matter who was lodger and who was landlady we were friends and forty years on we still enjoy each other's company.
Then there's Sue. I picked her up at a jumble sale! She was a great jumble sale go-er and I was behind a stall when we got talking and I mentioned that I was hoping to set up a Guide Company and she offered to help. Forty years on she is living in France but we still manage to meet at least once a year
There's Jack. I met him originally when he was my chimney sweep. We were sorting his daughter's wedding when he told me that my garden looked a mess so I suggested that if he didn't like it he could do something about it. From that unpromising beginning a real friendship sprang.
I've met many wonderful people over the years and made friends when I have least expected it. Where have you found friendships?