Dr. Suzanne Metzger entertained 162 during the 11th annual Ripley County Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy Fundraising Luncheon April 3 at Hillcrest Country Club.
In “The Ordinary Miracle of Friendship,” the speaker said, “True friends have true insight into our lives.”
They are “good at giving us directions, help us cope and help us age gracefully most of the time.
“Friends help us have fun .... They need to help us create pasts that are juicy enough to share with our grandchildren,” she stressed.
“Friends help us understand the stages of our lives and help us set our priorities. They help us understand change, and they see our potential.”
Metzger told a story about a woman who had four daughters. She wanted them to see the stages of life. Each season, she took one of them to look at a tree. In winter, one of the daughters described it as “ugly, twisted and bent.” In spring, another daughter said it was “coming to life and sweet.” By summer, “it was laden with blossoms and beautiful,” and in the fall, “it was heavy with fruit and ripe with promise.
“The thing our true friends understand is that our lives are not judged with the living of one season, but over many seasons.”
She added, “Friends don’t have to be the same gender, age or heritage. We have friends from all walks of life .... We have to age, but we don’t have to rot. It’s our friends that keep us from rotting.
“There’s nothing like a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate!” she pointed out.
“Friends save recipes, photographs and cherished moments. They see the stars, the light and right through us. They are an extra pair of hands, an extra set of eyes and an extra shoulder to lean on. They help us find the right outfits, the right man and the right words. They keep us from losing our car keys, our faith and our minds. They cry over milestones, millstones and headstones. They warm leftovers, mittens and our heart. They are there for us.