Friends are a huge part of my life, something that becomes more obvious as time goes by. I have friends I went to kindergarden and elementary school with; other I met through college or mutual friends. Now, I have discovered I can be friends with someone I have never met in person but feel I have common ground with because of this site.
And then there are my extended friends. I spent the last week or so with some of them. I was in Washington DC, taking care of family business, and ended up being the recipient of huge hospitality and care. These extended sets of friends are a part of my life by way of my brother F. They were his good friends. Now we became, in different ways and degrees, friends with each other. We are scattered all over the world, but have a bond that will always be there.