Every summer for the past 9 or 10 years (we haven't, so far, been able to figure out what year we started doing this) several of us escape to northern Michigan for a few days of fun and relaxation. Kevin and I are very blessed to have many great friends to share this thing called life. Wikipedia states it perfectly:
"Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier.
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend."
Paul, Kevin, Bill, Roger and Bob
Keri, Me, Amy, Lisa, Theresa & Renee
I hope you, too, are lucky enough to be surrounded by great friends.