The best kind of friend
“The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.” — Author Unknown
As much as I enjoy talking (OK, no wisecracks here) I have to admit that an amiable silence is also one of the benefits of close friendship and love. With the people we feel closest to, we never need to force conversation. Often we know, or can make a good guess, what the other person is thinking. Sometimes we even say the same thing at the same time. But when we are comfortable with someone, just being with them is enough.
During late childhood and early adolescence, my friend Beth and I used to read different books silently together for hours, especially in summertime. We’d go to the library and check out our maximum number of books, then just sit, read, and swap books when we finished. When Beth’s friend Joyce would visit from Ohio in the summer, she would join us for the book reading and swapping. Although we often discussed books with enthusiasm, that wasn’t always necessary. The shared enjoyment of being lost in a book was enough.
During the hottest days of the year, I hope you will find time to be a bit lazy and enjoy sitting on a porch some cool evening with someone you like or love. Iced tea, books, magazines or conversation are optional extras. May your summer included at least a few of these memorable moments of silent conversation!