Friendship, a Slow Ripening Fruit

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit – Aristotele 

Thirty years ago.

Three young women meet at a Biblestudy group for young mothers.

A beautiful bud forms on the tree of life. It is called friendship.TT 24

Friendship grows  while babies in nappies crawl happily on the floor. Sometimes the Biblestudy hour becomes chaotic with the sounds of crying, laughing and even fighting babies and children.

They share their joys and  sorrows. They laugh together, cry together, pray together and grow wiser and older together.

Through the terrible twos, nursery years, primary school and teenage storms they stay connected, supporting each other laughing and crying at the children’s growing up pains. Bonds are formed amongst the growing up children too, becoming lasting relationships.

Friendship grows on the tree of life and becomes a green fruit beautiful to look at but not ready to be picked and eaten yet.

The women become mature ladies, taking their place in society and contributing to their chosen careers, community and their marriages. Life brings sunny and rainy days even storms to be weathered.

Through the passing years the slowly ripening fruit of friendship is nurtured by the sunshine of companionship, the rain of giving, the  food of time. Only under these circumstances will it become a ripe fruit to be picked and enjoyed later on.

Eventually the ladies reach a time where children have left home, married  and had children of their own.  Husbands retired and some passed away. Their faces, hair and bodies show the passing of time, but the easy companionship of the ripening friendship fruit grows sweeter.

Now they can enjoy the companionship, the interests shared, the burdens carried together, the laughs and the tears still to come.

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Here they are the three friends in middle age enjoying thirty years of slow ripening friendship fruit.

 

 

 

Do you invest time  and effort in the fruit of friendship? If not I encourage you to do so for without friends life is infinitely more difficult.

 

 

Weekly photo Challenge : Kiss

A kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. In some situations a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting.

When I thought about the challenge to depict ” kiss ”  in pictures, hands came to mind and I selected these photos as I think they symbolise  the sentiments of love, affection, respect, greeting and friendship using hands.

Young hands kissing
Young hands kissing
newly married hands kissing
Newly married hands kissing
A father's hand kissing the bride
A father’s hand kissing the bride
Old love hands kissing
Old love hands kissing
Greeting kiss from a stranger's hand
Greeting kiss from a stranger’s hand

The L List: Cuppaccino Companions

Friendship is like a good cuppaccino

One of the to do things on my loving list is to cultivate old friendships more and what better way than meeting over a cuppaccino. To me old friendships are like a great cuppaccino; strong, tasty, sweet, a comfort in times of need, fulfilling and always available.

Friendships like these are however hard to come by and need to be cultivated over a period of time. The more we give and invest in a friendship, the stronger it becomes.

A while ago I was involved in a Coffee Tasting and this principle was illustrated when I learnt the amount of  effort and time  involved in cultivating and producing good coffee. The hard work to produce good strong coffee results in a  great cuppaccino. In the same way  the effort invested in friendship  results in  long lasting and very rewarding relationships.

Strong coffee
Taste of friendship 

Do I have friendships like these I asked myself?  Luckily the answer is yes. What a privilege to have friends who have been involved in my life through the early years of marriage, the birth of children, childhood illnesses, teenage tantrums, weddings and now the almost empty nest syndrome and growing older years.

Together with these special friends I loved, lived, laughed,cried, prayed, learnt about life, had fun and many discussions over a cuppaccino. I apologize for the times that I did not show you my appreciation and love and will try to do better in future.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (NLT)

Faithful Friends are a Rare Treasure