If you are lucky (I use that term tongue-in-cheek as I do not believe in "luck"), you will have a handful of close friends over your lifetime. I am not talking acquaintances, I am talking "have-your-back" kind of friends.
I am blessed to have the privilege of more than just a handful of such friends in my life. I have a few more who have drifted in for a certain season, and with whom I still stay in touch though distance has made our relationships morph over the years.
Tonight I was able to experience a real treasure, and that was spending a time of re-connecting with some beautiful souls whose input into my life has enriched me over the past 20 years or so.