I am very lucky as my best friend became my husband. Although I miss him daily, I have a lovely family and many excellent friends. On television, they said that the average number of friends people have is 2.8. I suppose it depends on your definition of a friend. I think that a true friend wants your happiness and will help you in any way possible as you would help them.
I’m arranging a celebration for three friends this September because we met 80 years ago when starting at junior school. One of them lives in Nailsea, but we talk every day. She was one of our bridesmaids. I taught at the same school as another of them and she is one of my neighbours.
When I was returning from France she told me that a flat was for sale in Marshfield Park so I phoned the estate agent and said that I would buy it! I also meet another group of friends for lunch most of whom I’ve known for 83 years as we lived in the same road!
I have as many French friends as British, When Ron sadly died three of them offered me a home and not just for a holiday! I didn’t accept their kind offers but I spent six months in Paris with a friend. Then I returned to the south and borrowed another friend’s flat whilst I decided where to buy. Whilst we were fighting Ron’s cancer, another friend with a very busy police career in Paris often came south and spent the weekend in a nearby hotel to be close to us. That sort of friendship money can’t buy!
I wish you all a friendship filled September,