January 11, 2012

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. — CS Lewis

This is one of those quotes that made me think about it for a very long time. I guess it’s true you don’t NEED friends for survival. We are given all the things we need to make life sustain — but it sure is a lot easier (not to mention more pleasant) with a friend or two. I think living here in the middle of nowhere Missouri has brought that point home to me. I live alone, I work alone. I get very few visitors, but friends still make a huge difference in my desire to get out of bed in the morning. Whether it is because I have a get together planned in the city or I simply connect online, I can’t imagine spending a day without friendly human contact.

And then there are the animal friends. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t get to run my hands over a horse at least once a day. I had a city friend tell me once she didn’t think my day was complete unless I got to pet a cow. She was being facetious‚ but I’m not when I say I so agree.

Be thankful for all the friends in your life, they really do make it all worthwhile.

On the photo: These two big guys are draft or draft horse crosses from the Diamond-McNabb ranch in Wyoming. I love how they’re touching each other in oh such a masculine way — shoulder to shoulder. Buddies. Team mates (although I don’t know if they use them on the ranch as a team — I never saw them hitched together — or hitched at all for that matter).

Anyone who lived with animals can attest to the fact they form and maintain friendships — with us and with each other. And it’s not just herd or pack behavior — one of my sister’s mares formed such a bond with my riding gelding it was amazing. It was not herd bound either — it was something more. When he died, it really affected her.

On this topic, here is an interesting webpage about friendships among bats: http://news.discovery.com/animals/animals-friendship-relationships-bats-110208.html

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