When we think of legacies we rarely ever think of it in terms of friendship. Handing down the legacy of friendship is usually the last if ever to enter into our minds but how many of us have said to our friends that we wanted to have children around the same time so that our children would be friends just like we were? Have you handed down the legacy of friendship?
It is a blessing to be able to have not only a continued friendship with childhood friends but it is even more of a blessing when your children are friends as well. It’s funny to hear it now but there was a time when girlfriends would try to get pregnant around the same time so that their children could be friends and have someone to play with.
The difference now-a-days is that most of us do not stay in the same area as long as we used to. I would like to say that the housing market is totally to blame but then I can’t blame the mass exodus into apartments and rental homes on the lack of friendships being handed down to our children.
Although it used to be that we lived in neighborhoods for twenty or more years, now with the economy the way it’s been we’ve had to not only move across town but also out of state to less expensive places of residences which means that our children don’t get to see their friends as much as they used to.
Don’t get me wrong, of course we love for our children to make friends but the only downfall to this is that your children are now making friends with people you barely know. Remember back in the day when everyone knew everyone or we at least knew someone in their family? These days it’s a bit difficult to learn your neighbors because we aren’t as friendly as we used to be and people are worried about the safety of their own children so we’re not as apt to do things we the way we used.
There is always another way of handing down legacies of friendship. If you have family who have friends, co-workers, or church members that are good people who have children around the same age, get to know them so not only are you gaining friendships but so are your children.
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