A friend called today, said, "I need to talk."
"Sure," I said. I thought she meant on the phone.
"I'll see you in 20 minutes," she informed me.
"Oh, okay, see you then," I said hesitantly.
Not hesitantly because I didn't want to talk, just hesitantly because someone calling, saying I need to talk, and coming over is so rare these days. People are so busy.
The conversation started out tough. She was in a state of disarray. I was the sounding board - not family. She left after about half hour, 45 minutes later. Problems unsolved, but burdens lifted.
I was a mentor today. I like being needed.