Whether we want to admit it, we all need our friends. Even if you’re an introverted recluse, you have friends and need them. You may not have many, but you have a few.
It’s great to have another human in a like situation, school or work, with similar interests, goals, demographics or is logistically close to us. Longevity of friendships can be more than several decades or just a few weeks. You may feel at ease with them from the start or know you can give them your trust early on. Lots of decisions need to be made along the way.
As the friendship deepens, the relationship becomes more like family should be. We all have friends who are closer than siblings when we think of our crew, our peeps, and our homies. Can you hear the strains of the theme song for “Golden Girls?” All stages of life, we need those friends.
All my life, it’s been a little weird for me. Having three brothers, sometimes I don’t understand the “girl stuff.” I have a few, very close female friends. The kind you have where you don’t need to preface the stories with backstory. They know your stuff. You know their stuff. I do that with my brothers all the time. It’s great.
I rely on a special group of ladies we know from the VFW. Our little group table lost two husbands in the last couple years, so we have two widows, and two who are widows for longer time. We didn’t know their husbands. It’s fun to share a meal with all of them, which we do from time to time. They’re good, solid people for this time of life. Glad to have them.
And a group from high school is the longest group I’ve known. Here and there are individuals who I’ve known longer. Peggy and her sister Karen, we’re lifelong friends. We lost touch for a while, and now, we’re all grandmothers, quilters, and stitchers. The girls just lost both their parents in the last couple of years. We have lots of stories for any throw-back Thursday.
There are other new friends we have from doing outreach for Veterans groups. Couple friends are new to me. I was single for so long, and the Babe knew mostly work people. Again, through volunteering, we have some wonderful couples who have become friends. They’re part of the bonus of a long life.
Friends also serve as sounding boards for bouncing ideas off, and for making decisions which are greater than usual ones. Getting honest feedback from someone who knows you well helps you keep your thinking balanced. I’m grateful for these friends who help balance my life and thinking. Blessed, over and over.
How about you? Blessed by friends? Have a blessed day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.