Met a few ‘old’ friends for dinner last night, and the subject of ‘real’ friendship came up…  Most of us have known each other at least thirty years, all of us were military and most of us were stationed together at least once in our careers…

Dinner and an entire bottle of 25 year old The Macallan later we came up with these; they are what we kinda figure are the stone cold truth of great  friendship…

Mainly because we (collectively) have done every one of these at least once or twice… 

  • When you are sad ~  I  will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the  sorry bastard who made you sad. 

  • When you are blue ~ I  will try to dislodge whatever is choking  you. 

  • When you smile ~ I  will know you are thinking of something that I would  probably want to be involved in.  

  • When you are scared ~ I  will rag on you about it every chance I get until you’re  NOT. 

  • When  you are worried~  I  will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it  could be until you quit whining. 

  • When you are confused ~ I  will try to use only little words. 

  • When  you are sick~ Stay  the hell away from me until you are well again. I don’t  want whatever you have. 

  • When you fall ~ I  will laugh at your clumsy ass, but I’ll help you  up.    

This is my oath …..I  pledge it to the end. ‘Why?’ you may ask ~ because you  are my friend.  And if you call at 0300, I WILL answer the phone, and if you need me, I will be on the next airplane…


Friendship… — 21 Comments

  1. A great line up of understanding statements!

    And, after you get off the plane, you have the cash to pay his bail!!
    Been there, done that.

  2. I have only a few friends for whom I’d do all those things. But any of them ever call me at whatever hour, I’m on the next flight out.

  3. I remember one Liberty Port (might have been Rota) where a Shipmate of mine left a note on my rack, saying that he had a Hot Date, and he took $200 and some Smokes, and that he’ll pay me back later.

    Next day, after he was Sober, I chewed his Ass up one side and Down the other and forced him to go to Navy Exchange and replace my Marlboros RIGHT NOW!

    Oh, and he also gave me my cash back, “5 for 7”.

    But I would be DAMNED if I had to go to Sea smoking some Foreign Crap!

    Good Friends, worth their weight in Gold.

  4. If you have the watch…I’ll stand in line when the geedunk opens and bring you something.

  5. Danny- ONLY had to do that once… 🙂

    agirl- Well, we have been through the wars (literally)…

    Andy- Yeah, bout like us…LOL

    DB/Rev- Yep!

    Les- LOL, BTDT 🙂

    Don- I just took the watch for them, let them go stand in the damn line themselves…LOL

    BP/WSF- 🙂

  6. Friendship is an interactive process–sounds like you’ve had some great interactions! Those are the blessings of life.

  7. BZ- and OLD friends too…LOL

    Snigs- Believe it or not, I don’t really have many TRUE friends… But you’re part of that small group 🙂

    MC- It’s all about honesty, integrity, and standing by your word! And we’ve all been through the mill together…LOL

    Dann- Well, we DO need something to do…LOL

  8. A true friend will not only supply an air tight alibis but bring a shovel.

  9. Love these. I hope you don’t mind if I “borrow” them.