Herotodus said that ‘Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.’ Richard Swerdlow wholeheartedly agrees.
Every day about 152,000 people die. And, if you live long enough, someday you're bound to know one of those 152,000 people.
I recently knew one. She was relatively young, and left behind a husband and two sons. She wasn't ready to go. She fought hard against the cancer. But she knew the odds weren't good, since she worked as a nurse for 40 years.
At the memorial, there were photos and prayers. Then, unexpectedly, a group of women assembled in the front. They were large and small, short and tall, black, brown, white and Asian.
They burst into song: "You've got a friend" by Carole King, a song played endlessly on the radio in the 1970's, when she was in nursing school. "Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall" came their clear voices, "All you've got to do is call, and I'll be there. You've got a friend."