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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Old Friends

The cherry trees are blossoming now in Victoria's streets and the temperature is warm enough so that people can stop and chat with one another. I like this photo because these people look like they are old friends. Friendship is not so highly rated in today's culture as romantic or sexual relationships, yet it's an important aspect of social life. In today's highly mobile culture it is difficult to maintain friendships and I suspect most of us have no more than a few really close friends from our youth and childhood, when we make friends most easily. True friendship is probably our most selfless relationship in that it's not based on the exchange of sexual, emotional or economic favors and is defined neither legally nor genetically. It's one of those things that we know when we have it and we know when we don't have it but we find it difficult to say exactly what it is. If you have a few good old friends, count yourself a lucky person.

8 comments:

Walker said...

Beautiful capture.

imquilternity said...

Gorgeous photo and lovely sentiment!

Jabba said...

Great shot, I love to make up stories about strangers!

I don't know what I would do without my friends....well, actually I guess I'm finding out since I've moved to the island: I visit them a LOT.

davin said...

I like the candid street shots!

Laurie said...

This is such a great shot, Benjamin. I love your sentiments about friendship. I've been thinking alot about the value of friendships lately. Thanks for this!

Kris said...

I'm thinking that they are former lovers...

Virginia said...

Good for you for stopping to catch this nice conversation between two friends. Most of us would have walked right by them. Yes, friends are one of life's little treasures. I needed your text today to make me stop and think about that.
V

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks all for your kind and "friendly" remarks.