Milestone birthday shows the importance of friendship
* I recently celebrated my 50th birthday with a party. Having heard from some friends about their reactions to their own half century milestones, it was with some trepidation that I approached the big day.
Over 40 people attended my celebration party. A number of others sent their apologies. It got me thinking of the nature of friendships. Who are our friends? Are friendships constant in life?
Looking back from my present vantage point, I can see I have no contact with the majority of people I grew up with, people I spent my formative years with.