“A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation, doesn’t always need togetherness. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part.” -Anonymous
Praised be Jesus and Mary!
Grace, Joanna, Jopok, LanZ, Niña and I were batchmates in high school, but we were in three different sections. One day, we bumped into each other in the library and we became friends ever since. We shared lots of good memories – bonding moments in the library, house visits, club activities, playing badminton, playing music, group studies, childish quarrels & reconciliation, et cetera.
After high school graduation, we all went to different universities. Since then, we meet very seldom and hardly talk to one another.
After college, we ended up working in different cities (and provinces) in three different countries. Until now, we seldom meet and hardly talk to one another.
But, I have faith in our friendship. As long as the relationship lives in our hearts, we shall be friends forever.
Once in a while, Grace would call me from Philippines to Singapore, and we would happily chat for hours. Once in a while when I spend holidays in my hometown, Jopok would demand that we meet and I would happily join him for dinner and talk with him animatedly just like the old days. Once in a while, I would chat with Joanna and Niña through social media and catch up with each other with joy. LanZ visited me in Singapore and I went to see him in Brunei, and we enjoyed each other’s company like we were never separated for a long time. It is all because, with God’s grace, we love, care, and trust one another both in good times and in bad times.
This is my definition of true friendship.
Kristine G. Veneracion
P.S. If you agree with my definition of friendship, please like and/or comment. Thank you! c”,)k