“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
- George Washington
My friend John and I have known each other since 2nd grade. We went to St. Alphonsus grade school together in Greendale, Wi. We then both attended Pius XI high School together in Milwaukee, WI and now we both attend the University of St. Thomas. It is funny how we have followed a very similar path but did with a style and passion all our own. I thought this was appropriate to write about as this week both John and I were selected to be Tommie Award Candidates. This is a great honor and is very humbling.
John and I have a lot of similarities. We are both Eagle Scouts, we both were Co-Captains of our high school football teams we are both nerds when it comes to Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings and now we both are Tommie Award candidates. It has been a long journey with John and it looks like a very bright future. My mother always told me that you are judged by the company you keep and I am proud to call John my friend. It is funny how you can change and grow up and yet still find things in common with your best friends. It is coincidence that we happened to attend the same institution for the majority of our schooling together, however now we choose to be friends.
To be honest some days I am amazed at all that we have been through together. Numerous Boy Scout campouts, long football practices, a canoe trip in Canda, and many classes together. I can honestly say that I am a better person for knowing him. I think it is rare and important to recognize your friends and those in your life that truly have helped you grow up and allowed you to make mistakes but always knew you would find the right path. It is strange as I am getting older to become more nostalgic to my freshman year in high school or first Prom or first day I moved into Brady Hall at the University of St. Thomas. As I start to realize that this is my last year at St. Thomas I am working on trying to really appreciate all the many blessings I have in my life.
I have been blessed with many friends throughout my short life experiences. I currently live with most of the friends I met in the residence halls my freshman year. My freshman year room mate, Sam and I lived together my Junior year and we still talk at least once a week. He is a huge WISCONSIN sports fan (see previous Blog). Living in the residence hall my freshman year by far has been one of the best things I have done while at St. Thomas. In fact a few of us from 4th floor Brady were talking about how now we all live in houses and apartments that we wish we could go back to our freshman year and all live on the same floor again.
My only wish is that I have been as good a friend as others have been to me. John and I were Mock Trial nerds for a while in high school and it is where we really developed a passion for learning. John is a very quiet person but when he speaks everyone listens because when he does speak it is always profound. John has taught me a lot of life lessons and we have really truly grownup together.
“Never shall i forget the days i spent with you . continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.”
-Ludwig Van Beethoven
Moral of the story. Appreciate your friends and those in your life that challenge you to be better. If you have a friend you have not talked to in a while reach out to them. If you happen to see John walking through the quad make sure you congratulate him on being a Tommie of the Year nominee!!! Only one more week until THANKSGIVING!!! I can not wait! Gun Deer Season opener this Saturday in Wisconsin and then three days of classes until a glorious day of epic food and another PACKERS VICTORY!!