Merry on friendship

This week I have been kind of tired, so I haven’t made a lot of headway on The Fellowship of the Ring. Last night Mike and I were reading, and he says I fell asleep downstairs in our big chair about 9:15. (I woke up at 11:00 and he was upstairs and I started cleaning things, like putting glasses in the dishwasher and dumping the grease from the fried okra we had last night. Mike came down and said, “Kari, why are you awake? And since when did you become Cleany Kari at 11:00 pm?” hehe.) Today I feel more rested, but it’s such a rainy day outside that I’m still kind of dragging.

Anyway, now seems like a good time to share something that stuck out at me a couple of days ago when I was reading during my lunch break.

“But it does not seem that I can trust anyone,” said Frodo.

Sam looked at him unhappily. “It all depends on what you want,” put in Merry. “You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.”

What a great definition of friendship. And yet, Frodo doesn’t learn the lesson, because he’s going to try to leave again, after Lothlorien, and again Sam won’t let him. Frodo is just about as hard-headed as I am.

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