When I look back over the years I appreciate all the people that have come into my life and the relationships that I currently have with some of them. If is pretty cool that you may not have talk to someone since you graduated High School over 30 years ago but when you see them at a Reunion it seems like just yesterday.
That yesterday that you remember hopefully are good ones and you have a good laugh or it may be memories of why you haven’t stayed in touch with them since High School. Since School I was busy with my career at Hy-Vee, with my wife and kids. Those consume most of my free time so I didn’t really have much time for extra friends. Yes, I had some with people I may bowl with once a week or golf with a few times a month but they weren’t close relationships.
Over the years I had many work relationships that I thought were close and some I thought were my best friend but when I would transfer to another store they would fade. Same with neighbors, I lived in some great neighborhoods and felt close to some of my neighbors but then when you move they faded away also. I am lucky were a few relationships I had from work and past neighbors have come and visited us in Arizona but only maybe once. Maybe we are bad hosts. LOL
We have friends from our hometown here in Arizona but it is a big challenge to get together with each other because of work or family schedules and demands. This year with our vacation plans and Mrs. RE work schedule we don’t have much free time around the boys to do much with friends or the budget. Sometimes I feel our friends don’t understand and it can be a bummer.
What I have learned over the years is the importance of Positive Relationships. They start I feel with your family. I know you can’t quit on your family. When you make a commitment to marry someone it should be for life, for better or worse, just like the vowels you gave to each other. Too bad everyone doesn’t believe that. Last time I saw a stat that divorce rate was over 50% for first marriages and even higher for second and third marriages. I am lucky and I feel my wife is in it for better or worse. She is my best friend in life and I hope she feels the same about me. If you are married your spouse should be your best friend and next your kids. Though once they turn teenagers they can drive you nuts and seem like they hate you at times.
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