Try to Keep Brain Active while doing domestic chores by listening to Improving Programmes on Radio 4. Today’s Five Hundred Years of Friendship massages own intellectual pretensions very satisfyingly with plentiful references to Aristotle, Erasmus and Sir Francis Bacon.
Elder son returns from school with request to go to friend’s party at weekend – friend apparently defined for these purposes as Someone Who Gets On The Bus. Son slightly affronted by my suggestion that “friend” implies at least basic threshold of a) acquaintance and b) liking. Reflect that teenagers’ world often seems more alien to me than Aristotle’s.
Evening phone call from one of my closest friends, visiting from America, happily provides today’s best definition of friendship.