Many versions of friendship.
My other friends at this point in my life are mostly those who I have met through shared interests such as needlecraft and other craft hobbies, while some are neighbours and other people that I simply like to spend time with. It would be very difficult for me to choose one as a best friend because they all give me so much of themselves, and I hope I do the same for them. I am sometimes surprised at the variance in ages - some of my friends are many years younger than me; in fact their mothers are my age! It feels quite strange to be in the company of people my age that I feel are 'older' because their kids are my friends!
One such friend is Cheryl, who lives about 20 minutes drive away. She and her family live on several acres and have dozens of hens and roosters as well as two dogs, two cats, as well as a horse and alpacas. Ken and I love to visit them! Cheryl works full time as well as looking after her family and the house and property, but she still finds time to do things for her friends. She bought some curtain material to make curtains for her kitchen, but it didn't fit, so knowing we love chooks as much as them, she asked if I would like it. As all the curtains in our house are the original ones when we bought the house over 30 years ago, the thought of ANY new curtains sounded great, so I accepted her offer. She came here this week and within an hour had taken down the old curtains and fittings, installed the new fittings and rods, and hung the curtains! Don't they look gorgeous??