Friday, August 14, 2009

Andy…On Friendship

“You can tell a great deal about a man by the company he keeps.” This proverb may be somewhat clichéd, but it certainly contains a good measure of truth. Mom and Dad have asked to meet several of my friends this evening. I wish it were feasible to flood their home with 100+ guests. I think they would like to place some faces with the many names I speak of regularly. I believe they also see an opportunity to learn a little something about me through the company that I keep (I hope they don’t learn too much!).

I make friends rather easily. Judging from experience and the many comments on this blog, this is a trait I have inherited from my parents. I am extremely grateful for this inheritance. There is little that is more significant in our lives than shared experiences with friends and family. I have come to realize that it is easy, natural even, to be someone’s “Good Time Buddy”. I have had the pleasure of knowing many who are well schooled in the art of having a good time. We all seek out persons who help us enjoy our time here, and those friendships and acquaintances are to be appreciated and cherished. There are those, however, that are there when you really need them. Sometimes, without even being aware, they are lifting your spirits when you are down. This is the “Tough Time Crew”. As was written above, I wish the whole crew could be with us tonight. You’ll be there in spirit and in our thoughts and hearts…just as you always are.



  1. If I weren't your Aunt and IF I were younger, I truly believe that I would be in your group of good friends. Have a ball tonight.....laugh, eat, talk, learn and by all means, create an atmosphere of spirit and oneness!! Love you, Andy.......

    Auntie M

  2. I loved hearing things from Andy's viewpoint! Andy ~ You've always possessed a warm, friendly, and sensitive nature (I apologize if my characterization embarrasses you) so people geniunely like you. You have grown in to a wonderful young man and we are so proud to have you in our family. I am sure a good time was had by all last evening at your parents' home. You have been a godsend in so many ways since your dad's been dealing with his medical trials. You possess many of the best traits of both your parents which is indeed a wonderful compliment!

    Love you!
    Aunt Jan

  3. Grandma & GrandpaAugust 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    It's neat that you posted a note on FRIENDSHIP.
    No doubt you could easily have 100+ folks in at a time and have more left over who would qualify!!! Sure you are our grandkid but better yet you are also a great friend. In our book you have always been a "big ole lovable teddy bear" and always will be.
    Much love to you always. Grandma & Grandpa

  4. Andy I sit hear reading this with tears in my eyes I would have loved to meet the parents of such an amazing and inspiring person..I feel blessed to be in your circle of friends even though we've become close in our later yrs..
    You can tell there is a lot of love in your family and that is an amazing gift to have that many people you know you can rely on...I know you also have a great deal of friends and I just want you to know if there is ever a time you need to talk to someone who understands what you are going through just know you always have a friend in me..your strength has helped me more than i think you'll ever a big thanks to you!
    your friend always, Sommer :)

    P.S. you and your family are always in my prayers

  5. You guys are amazing! God is truly working a great work among you.