Christmas is just days away. Families will gather around the table to enjoy a meal together, but it’s more than that. It’s the one time of the year many people have to talk at length with family members, trading quips, patting each other on the back or hugging the folks you have not seen in a while. It’s a pity we don’t take the time more often. Like has a way of slipping by without noticing, like a creek that has gone dry. Friends, like water, are a precious commodity.