Messages for Madeline

Welcome to the first blog post, Madeline and friends!  These posts will always go up on Wednesdays.  I’ll try to keep them fairly short since I know you all don’t have a lot of time to read.  For this starter post today I wanted to put up a poem I learned when I was in elementary school.  My best friend and I were Girl Scouts.  Her mom was the leader.  We learned this poem together in Scouts.  I think it’s appropriate for today:

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

Somehow I always remembered it as saying, “Silver and gold,/ Silver and gold,/ Make new friends/ But keep the old.”  I actually made a quilt block on my friend’s 30th birthday that said this poem (as I remembered it) and included a photo of our Girl Scout troop from elementary school.  I miss her lots these days.  Old friends are the very best!

I had no idea (or if I did, I don’t remember it now) that this was part of a longer scout song.  I found the longer version at the Scout Songs website.  It goes like this:

Make New Friends (Submitted by Sue Lynch)

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.Silver is precious,
Gold is too.
I am precious,
and so are you.You help me,
and I’ll help you
and together
we will see it through.The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
to keep it cleanAcross the land
Across the sea
Friends forever
We will always be

So I wrote all this to say, don’t forget your old friends, Madeline!  We already miss you.  Hopefully next week some of the other friends will have a message or two for you.  I will post them here next Wednesday and once you get settled in in your new place you can come back here and read the messages.  If you want, you can even post a comment with messages back to us.

Your friend,


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