"A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." — Proverbs 27:9
It’s National Best Friends Day. I should be celebrating because I have exquisite friends—the kind that walk in when it feels like the rest of the world is walking out—the kind that refresh my soul. But it’s 10:42 p.m., and I’m at work. Still. So if I can’t revel face-to-face with faves like Rae at the moment, seems I should at least post about a memorable friendship I’ve found in between prolific pages.
Let’s focus on a classic, shall we? I love Lennie Small and George Milton’s friendship in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The two migrant workers are bound together by a simple shared dream of owning a farm with a little bit of land. While they have no place to lay their heads and no money to call their own, they have more than other lonely ranch hands—they have each other. I can appreciate the simplicity of their unlikely friendship. Lennie often says to George, “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” In the long run, that’s what makes a friend tried and true, isn’t it?