Jon Acuff wrote a post called 100 Words: The gift & danger of friends. I checked, it is indeed 100 words on the nose. So I thought, “What would I say about friendship in 100 words?”
When I made friends in early adulthood, I didn’t think about the long-term.
I didn’t think, “These are the people who will walk with me as my parents die.”
It never occurred to me as I met my friends’ parents, “One day I will be with your child as they mourn, bury, and learn to live without you.”
Other than a friend whose dad died when she was a child, I was the first to lose a parent. This spring another dad died.
Though each path has to be walked alone, I am grateful we can walk besides each other.