You know that old children's song?
Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver and the other gold.
A circle is round, it has no end.
That's how long I want to be your friend.
We used to hold hands in our Girl Scout troop and sing that song at meetings and camp-outs. It's a great sentiment and the metaphor fits a childhood understanding of friendship really well. As I have gotten older, however, I have found that friendships end, they come and go, in and out, around the corner, and my image or metaphor turns out to be something a little more complicated like this:
Friend is defined by Webster as:
- one attached to another by affection or esteem
- one that is not hostile
- one that is of the same nation, party, or group
- one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
- a favored companion