Keeping the Girl Scouts’ motto alive

By Caitlin Langley
March 18, 2004

Mark Garlit

Friendship can change and grow; it can fade and get brighter. Girl Scouts teachs the phrase, “Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.” As we walk through our path in life we meet people that change that course and others that seem to just get in the way.

Either way we learn from all of those people. We learn lessons that only life can teach us. Sometimes these lessons are hard and sometimes we don’t even know we are learning. Those lessons are things that mold our characters. We absorb the good things to make ourselves better and shed the bad things.

Some friends stay in your life and some friends come and go in the blink of an eye. It is unbelievable looking back at the people I’ve known and how many of them I still know and what I have learned from each of them. I have a collection of important things that could only have been learned along the way. Each of us has different experiences, problems and solutions for the challenging moments of our lives. What makes or breaks us are those moves and that collection of lessons learned.

Our friends are the people in our life that allow us to grow and change. Friends are the people who stick by us in deciding whether a situation or decision is good or bad. A friend is someone who will support you through everything, through thick and thin. The real friends are the ones that stay around. Especially the ones that you have known since sixth grade, and the ones that have been behind you in everything that you have done even when it has been the dumbest thing ever.

Cherish the fun days you were together when you decided that skipping school would be a good idea or driving to the shore and not knowing how to get there and ending up getting lost would be the most fun the two of you had ever had before. And you know you’ll be there when she gets married and when she had her first baby.

Friends are what keep you going in this ever-changing world. So what I say is keep your best friend close and tell them what they mean to you and always hug them as hard as you can.

Posted to the Web By: Mark Garlit

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