Tuesday, July 28, 2009

those are silver, these are gold

I first saw this tiny salt and pepper shaker set in an antique shop the week before Mother's Day. When my husband went back to the shop on his own looking to buy them as a surprise gift, he was unable to find them in the shop. I have passed by the shop numerous times since then, and each time I approached the shop hoping they would be open so that I could by them for myself, they were.... CLOSED....CLOSED....CLOSED! I have driven by dozens of times on different days of the week and different times of the days and thought for sure they couldn't be still sitting on the shelf. Yesterday as I approached the shop I thought, "How perfect this little golden set would be to send to a sweet friend." And to my surprise the shop was OPEN! I will enjoy them sitting on my shelf while I wait for the perfect time to send them along as a surprise, but they were never meant to be mine. NEW FRIENDS AND OLD FRIENDS Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. New-made friendships, like new wine, Age will mellow and refine. Friendships that have stood the test - Time and change - are surely best; Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay. For 'mid old friends, tried and true, Once more we our youth renew. But old friends, alas! may die, New friends must their place supply. Cherish friendship in your breast- New is good, but old is best; Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. Joseph Parry