Friends and “Friends”

Friend.  Such a dynamic word.  We use it to describe so many of our tribe:  acquaintances, fellow squadron members, those confined (blessed?) to the same base.  As these relationships develop, the word starts to grow – to change.  The same word now describes trust, honor, love; but, when spoken there is no distinction between the two meanings.  That is left to the individuals involved who know they have gone beyond the first and have unexpectedly stumbled upon the second.  It is a bond and a knowledge that is unspoken and necessary.  We need and crave that second level, though rare it is.  Today, I am so thankful for the friends in my life; because without them, I could not deal with the “friends” in my life.