in ways we cannot deny
and that metamorphosis requires
that those close to us
react to what is new
and still connect in some manner of truth.
when those friendships are found
when that foundation is sound
these are the people you want around
they know you.
they accept you.
friendship over time is acceptance.
we aren't the same as we were
racing sticks down the creek behind your house
but the fact that we are still friends
11 years later
creates a genuine thankfulness within me
for a friend that remains
and friends that remain--
well, they're hard to find.
Here's to you, Crodgers.