Both real and otherwise

I’ll continue this week of thanks by remembering to be thankful for my friends. As much of an introvert as I am I still like companionship. I don’t need to be around others to be happy. I don’t need to talk on the phone or have someone over to chit chat. But having friends is still important. That just means that it takes longer for me to become close to my friends. This has been proven true time and time again as we move around. It takes us about a year or so to start making good friends…and then it’s time to leave. It’s not you. It’s me.

I’m grateful for my friends for various reason. Honestly, right now, it’s because they offer me adult conversation. They offer big girl topics and grown up humor that my little ones either wouldn’t get or shouldn’t hear. They affirm my feelings, offer advice when asked for and just make me feel loved.

I’ve got real-life friends that I’ve known almost all my life; that I knew back in high school and we’re getting reacquainted with each other (Facebook is fabulous for doing this by the way); that I’ve met since being a grown up and have managed to keep in touch with (too many to mention, and if I did start mentioning you all I would start to cry); and friends that I’ve made here in the neighborhood, through homeschooling and at church.

I’ve got other friends that I have been making online. You are becoming just as important to me as my RLF. My reader has 47 blogs in it right now and I’m beginning to get to know some of you pretty well (I think….you’re not lying about yourselves are you?). I enjoy reading about your lives (struggles and accomplishments) and commenting back and forth. That connection of understanding each other is what matters, whether I’ve met you face to face or not. So I am thankful for you as well.

The great thing about friends is that they don’t all have to be exactly alike, nor do they need to be exactly like me. This was made most evident to me with my circle of playgroup moms in Virginia. There were several of us who had daughters the same age and we would get together to let the girls play. Of course we grew close during those times. And the interesting thing was that we were all pretty different. And I loved them all for various reasons. Friends have so many things to give you through their attitudes, personalities and makeups. Even though I say I’m an introvert, I really couldn’t make it without them (you).

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I don’t have pictures of all of you, so please “look” in the mirror above. There you are, my friend! (Wow, that was cheesy.)

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10 thoughts on “Both real and otherwise

  1. You crack me up… I am honored to be a bloggy friend and hope to meet you one day. Where exactly do you live in America now? We will be back to the states next year this time…. it would be fun to connect….

    I love a good friend… miss having one here, and the blog world has really answered a prayer for me in this way… still would love a tangible friend here, but one day

  2. Awww. What a great post!

    The blogosphere is fabulous for making new friends, isn’t it? I’ve been blessed to have an amazing set of friends in real life, some of whom are now in the blogosphere, too! And I think they’ve gotten to see whole new worlds as well.

    While I definitely fall into the category of the dissimilar in many respects, at the end of the day I think we both want many of the same things. (Like a better world for your kids. And maybe a little peace, harmony, understanding, and a few good laughs still in our own time.) 🙂 The blogs are definitely good for that!

  3. i’m thankful for you, too, vicks. ooh, that reminds me, i need to get some vaporub at wal-mart. have you heard this about putting on the bottoms of feet, applying socks, and stopping coughs?

  4. I live in a town where I know no one….my distant family on the phone and my online friends are my only source of adult conversation during the day till my hubby gets home…I am thankful for them all!! 🙂

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