Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love of friends

Talking of love for friends, then talking about Pearl Harbor Day, seems contradictory, yet these were times these friends lived through and this time period is part of their story. We spent part of today with dear old friends...this couple were starting out on their married life , in fact, cutting up fruit for fruit cake when the radio news came on telling about Japan attacking the US navy at Hawaii...on December 7, 1941 . I remember the same day, younger than they, I was playing on the floor, Grandpa was listening to the big radio and we heard the same news. So we all lived through this era and years later met and have been dear friends for 50 years.
They went through many hardships ,being in the army, his being a radio/radar instructor---radar was so new, they were not allowed to say the word, "radar". These friends, he and family army men ended up in Europe, and India, and served well for the four years of the war. They today are active in veterans affairs, and our "ex-soldier" who is in his 90's, writes articles for American Legion papers .
We have been so blessed by the wealth of their experiences and their friendship over the years. After we met them, we became fast friends of their entire family and along with four other couples, camped together for 40 years, raising our children together, enjoying so many wonderful and fun times times --great memories--and just think when that day of December 7, 1941, we were in opposite parts of this city, not really close in age, yet we ended up becoming such good friends and being blessed by their family in so many ways.
"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend." John 15:13...They truly love their friends .

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