Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shedden

‘WILL we be friends for­ever?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh an­swered.

I love the sto­ries of Win­nie the Pooh by A A Milne and think they are just as en­chant­ing for adults as they are for chil­dren.

The quote about friends is one of my favourites and I think we all have some ‘for­ever’ friends in our lives, if we are lucky.

I was greatly hon­oured to give the eu­logy for one of my dear­est friends and found it both the hard­est thing I’ve ever had to do and the most spe­cial thing I’ve ever been asked to do.

Tommy was a ‘for­ever’ friend and I used this quote in his eu­logy, for I be­lieve that Tommy and I will con­tinue our friend­ship on the other side of time.

There are cer­tain bonds that will never be bro­ken for we have shared tears and laugh­ter and time.

Young­sters now re­fer to their clos­est friend as a ‘bestie’ and this per­son is very im­por­tant in their lives. Se­crets are shared and con­fi­dences are en­trusted to the bestie.

I have no­ticed spe­cial friend­ships from within the an­i­mal king­dom too, and many fa­mous films have been based on this.

Our own dogs have formed a great friend­ship with Daisy re­cently. Daisy is an adorable gen­tle Westie, and our col­lie Carys, who is very shy of other dogs, just loves to meet up with her.

They have struck up a great friend­ship which goes be­yond our un­der­stand­ing but it is real.

I think they too will be friends for­ever, and now Carys can say with con­fi­dence that her bestie is a Westie.

Friend­ship isn’t about who you’ve known the long­est – it’s about who came and never left your side.

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