Long story short on this, several years later, my friend was killed in an accident. I went to the funeral service and one of his good friends was a speaker. Of course he told many stories that made us laugh because that's what my friend was all about. But at the end he told the story that every time my friend left from visiting someone, he would say "love you long time." I almost fell off the pew. I said to self again...that's exactly what he said to me that day. Thinking back to that visit, I believe it was the last time I saw him, so hearing those words "love you long time" made that visit even more special. Special that he would say that to me as I left. So my friend....Love you long time.
Y'all may not can think of someone you've loved long time, but besides my family I have several. Three of my best guy friends I've known almost 40 years. Two of them I see regularly, one I haven't seen since he left Georgia about 30+ years ago, but we have stayed in touch by phone all these years. My four best friends, or the Birds as we like to call ourselves, I've known right at 40 years also. Then there are my two best friends from high school, well we're going on 50 years knowing each other. Crap, that makes them old. LOL With all this being said, I've loved long time lots of people that have been a very big part of my life for lots of years. Many years of special people that I will love long time.
LESSON TODAY: Who knows where I'm going with this one, but if you are lucky enough to have friends like I've mentioned and you've loved them long time, don't let that slip away. It's so easy to get busy with your own life and not make the time to keep your special friends long time. You may not be able to get together with them, but with all the modern technology we have today, surely there is some way to keep in touch. I got 'em all, tweeter (as I call it), instagram, facepage (as someone called it on TV today) and then there is the trusty phone and even better...go visit, even if it's just a few minutes.
I mentioned in the first paragraph I didn't have a song but I would find one. Well, as promised, here you go.
This song, Love You 'Til I'm Gone , written by my friend Larry Scroggs, is perfect for this post because it says I'll do my best to love you 'til I'm gone. Well hell's bells, is that not the same as "love you long time?"
Works for me so 'til next time...LOVE YOU LONG TIME!!!