The Fabulous Three

Yesterday I met my two best and oldest friends for lunch. We had not seen each other since November; many life changes happened in that time between then and now. Loved ones died, parents were hospitalized and needed extra help, and there was a major move from an old home into a new one. We are all the same age, and the expected (and unexpected) life changes are coming at us thick and fast for we Fabulous Three.

While we feel the weight of our years and responsibilities, we are still the young and hopeful children we used to be inside. While we no longer ski and skate, or ride down snowy hills in cardboard boxes, play King of the Mountain, or run like the wind, we are still us inside.

Our views on life may differ, we may disagree on politics, we may not care for the same books and TV shows, but we are still friends who have a great deal in common. We have laughed together until we cried, and we have cried together until we could laugh again. The things we unilaterally love are various and wonderful, and we have grown to a mellow age that allows us to overlook our differences. (Small things indeed, compared to a lifetime of friendship!)

But back to yesterday: we celebrated our Christmas together and admired our gifts wholeheartedly. We decided that we are now beyond the laws of everyday folk; we can have our Christmas whenever the hell we want. Likewise for birthdays–we decided that we would throw ourselves a group birthday in June (as none of our real birthdays fall in that month). Why not? After all, we are the Fabulous Three.

Some famous quotes on friendship that I love, and that remind me of The Fabulous Three:

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” – Alexander Dumas

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Octavia Butler

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Friends are the family you choose.” – Jess C. Scott

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected”. – Charles Lamb

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” – Laurence J. Peter

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.” – Anna Cummins

…….and then one from me:

“The Fabulous Three,

My two friends and me–

We’ve been together,

Through all sorts of weather

We’ve lived far away

Then came home to stay.

Never to part

From the friends of our hearts,

The Fabulous Three,

Shall we always be,

Through thin and through thick,

We each are a brick

In the firm foundation

Of our friendship nation–

How lucky are we,

The Fabulous Three,

To  be friends all these years

Though laughter and tears,

Let the new changes come

Wherever they’re from!

We three will be ready,

To hold on and be steady–

We are friends well-chosen,

And I am supposin’

That’s how it will be

Forever for the Fabulous Three!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Fabulous Three

  1. Inkplume says:

    I’m lucky enough to have a few friend that date back to grade school or high school too. There are some good things about getting older: With kids grown and gone and careers winding down a little, there is more time to reconnect with friends.

  2. Phyllis Ring says:

    Jane. My mouth hangs open in awe. You have nailed it!!!

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