It’s so wonderful to talk to friends, isn’t it? I had the pleasure of chatting to an old friend today over the magic of the Internet. I’ve had many friends over the course of my life, and many I remember most fondly. Most I try to keep in touch with, even if it’s only as a connection over Facebook.

The bonds between friends are precious. You’ve heard the saying, “blood is thicker than water”? The true meaning of it has been shared around various sites for years. The complete phrase is actually “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb”. It means that the bonds we choose–the covenants between friends and companions–are far stronger than the bonds forged by chance, through familial relationships.

I do like that saying. It’s endearing to me. But it also misses out on a fundamental truth: that the strongest bonds are those forged by the blood of the covenant and the water of the womb. The friends we choose from among our family are frequently the ones closest to us.

Call your friends, when you have time. Sometimes talking with them about nothing can be the most meaningful part of your day.


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