We had a taste of what Friendship Society could be this past weekend. My wife’s cousin, his wife, and their three kids stayed with us this weekend. I had only met the cousin and wife once and it was over ten years ago. My wife knew him only slightly better than me, with a few visits during her childhood. In any case, we barely knew them when we offered for them to stay with us for the weekend.
We anxiously waited for them to arrive. While we waited, we had plenty of time to wonder what this family was going to be like. They grew up with a strong Christian upbringing, and we unsure of what to expect. We were afraid they might be preachy or judgmental. We’ve had this experience before, mostly outside the family, but sometimes on Facebook with other parts of the family.
When they finally arrived, we welcomed them in and had wonderful conversation. We talked for hours as we got to know each other. We quickly discovered that our fears were unfounded. These folks acted as one might expect good Christians to act. They were kind and loving. They were thankful for everything we provided and for allowing them to stay with us. Even though all we had to offer was a pull out sofa bed and an air mattress for the kids, they expressed their gratitude.
Their kids were well behaved and respectful. Sure they got a little rambunctious now and then, but even in that they never went overboard. Their middle son was the same age as our daughter, and they really hit it off. They were immediate best friends and spent the entire weekend at each other’s side.
The two other brothers never acted like they felt left out. Sometimes they all played together, and sometimes the youngest and oldest did their own thing while our daughter and the middle son played together.
There seemed to be very little jealousy, and none of the kids acted starved for attention. That’s a rare find these days, at least in any of the places we’ve lived. We see lots of attention starved kids with the need to compete and one-up the others, and we were relieved this wasn’t the case with these kids.
In last week's post about the basis of friendship, we came up with the idea of “Be good to have good friends.” The family that visited us this weekend embodied this ideal. They will serve as inspiration to me as I begin establishing and growing Friendship Society.
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