A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Some friends “stick closer” than siblings, especially if siblings live far apart.
Over the past 2 decades, due to active membership in the Norwegian Society of Texas, a family history-promoting organization that has chapters in various pars of the Lone Star State (see https://www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/ ), my wife and I have experienced the truth of Proverbs 18:24.
The semiannual meeting of the Norwegian Society of Texas, called the “Althing” (named for the famous annual national assembly of Iceland), transpired last Saturday, in Clifton, a rural Texas-hill-country town (nicknamed the “Norwegian capital of Texas”). While attending the Althing, I composed, and later presented, this limerick:
ANOTHER ALTHING IN CLIFTON, FOR THE NORWEGIAN SOCIETY OF TEXAS 3-30-AD2019
Norwegians at Clifton did meet,
In misty rain, not snow or sleet;
Time to plan the next year,
Recall times of good cheer —
Old friends convene, new ones greet.
[NOTE: the rosemåling (above) mantel was painted by Norwegian native Mimi Fossum; this artwork is displayed in the historic Ringness House of Bosque County, Texas.]