We met Dudley and Jerry on April 9 at Hog Pen Gap. They were day hiking down into the gap and we were getting up the gumption to hike up it.
We had a really sweet conversation but what stays in my memory is how comfortable they were together. Usually I might see this between two people in a long term marriage that has suited both well. But these two fellows have their own homes and families.
Instead, their easygoing relationship comes from a 62 year friendship having met in the third grade! If you look and look away really quickly you can almost see those handsome little 8 year olds in front of you!
This year those little boys turn 70 and they have decided to have a mass 70th birthday party with 20 of their schoolmates. This is one time I wished I met the age requirement just to be at that bash.
Friendship is such an important part of life and I wish each of you such a good friend-especially you men for whom making such friendships is often harder than for women. If you aren’t sure how to do so, I invite you to look up Dudley and Jerry. I’ve no doubt they can tell you how it works.