Since childhood we are told how important it is to make friends. It's true...friends are a blessing in our lives and make our days much brighter. I look back on my life and I realize I have many different kinds of friends. I have lost touch with many of the kids I knew in Elementary, Middle and High School. There are a handful of us that still keep in touch and I am thankful for them. I have college friends, some of whom I keep in touch with, others we have gone our separate ways for various reasons. The friends that I have made since living in South Carolina...some are acquaintances (we see each other at school events etc.) Some are friends but not super close and personal friends. There are a few that I would call my true deep friends. Even though it is only a handful I am okay with this because these are friends that I can call anytime and we are there for each other. Even though all of our lives are busy and we may not talk each day; when we do catch up it is like no time has passed at all. That is a true friend in my opinion. To me, these friends are gems...they are one of a kind and very special to my heart. Life is hard, life is challenging and without these friends to laugh, cry and even complain to...it would be even more difficult.
I met with a friend of mine the other day for coffee....we have known each other for over 8 years now...we met when our first borns were only days old. We have been through EVERYTHING together (birth of all our children, loss of loved ones, moving, etc.) There could be weeks we don't get to talk and maybe we just text each other, but we are there if the other person needs anything. It is someone who I have laughed, cried and prayed with. She is a super person who makes my heart a better place. I love our friendship and I am so thankful for her.
There are a few friends that fall into that category and I am so blessed to have them in my life. I am not the best person on the telephone...I used to love it but for some reason as an adult I really do not like talking on the phone. I would much rather talk in person....unfortunately, that is not always feasible. I know that I have slacked with some of my friendships and I do regret that. I am making a deal with myself that I am going to try and reconnect with some of my college friends in the next coming weeks and catch up on their lives. Again, there are a few that I know as soon as we pick up the phone it will be like we spoke yesterday....I can't wait to hear their voices and listen to what is happening for them right now.
My point is...my "bag" of friendships may be smaller now than it was in the past, but the true friends I have are priceless. They are each unique and I treasure every one of them. You know who you are...thank you for being there for me and I love you.
These are two of my favorite quotes from one of the best examples of friendship:
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?”
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Hi I'm Jen, married to my best friend for 16 years and a Mom to 3 beautiful, energetic daughters. My blog is about life, learning to live with Grace and Girls Raised In The South (GRITS). Thanks for spending some time in my small part of the world! I hope you find a story you can relate to and you'll want to come back!
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