This evening I went to see Toy Story 3 at the pictures (am I the only person in the world who still calls it the pictures?!). It was everything a film should be: I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I ahhed. And I’m still humming the theme song under my breath! I love ‘You got a friend’ – both the Toy Story one & the Carole King song with the same name. I think if pushed to say what I liked the most about the Toy Story films, I guess it would have to be this focus on friendship. In many adult films, friendship often gets sidelined in favour of a big romance storyline but I much prefer the friendship theme. Some romances will prick a tear, but if you want full on balling then its the friendship films all the way: Toy Story, Stand By Me – even thinking about the latter makes me well up. Maybe that says a lot about which I value more highly.
This week I’ve experienced some lovely moments with friends. One friend – knowing that I was getting increasingly annoyed with my phone – gave me her old handset. It’s actually a super-duper snazzy thing, far more expensive than any phone I’d every buy, but even more than any monetary value is the gesture involved. She thought of me and wanted to help me out. Another friend sent me a postcard from his holiday to say he’s got engaged. That news is itself brilliant, but again the thought behind it touched me as much – he bothered to buy a postcard, write it, post it. He could have just text me, but he didn’t. He made the extra effort. There have been other moments too: a text telling me that I’m thoughtful (ego massage = always appreciated!); a long IM chat with someone I’ve not seen for ages; going to see Toy Story with someone I’ve known since they were born & a photo of me holding her as a baby still sits on my parents’ piano.
As Carole King said, ain’t it good to know that you got a friend. Or several. I hope I can return the friendship with as much love & warmth & humour. I love them all very much.
PS I also hope that my schmaltzy mood doesn’t last too long. I’ve gone from angsty to earnest to schmaltzy this week. I really need to post something humorous soon…Maybe it’s time for the Lipbalm Chronicles…