This popped up today on my Facebook feed...
I generally don't pay to much attention to these kinds of things but this one got me thinking.
I remember a teacher saying to me that as an adult you are really lucky if you have a true friend for each of the fingers on your hands. At the time I didn't really understand what he was talking about but over a decade has passed since then and I know realise what he was saying.
I also know that I am lucky, I have some wonderful friends who I know will be there for me whenever and however I need them. In fact one of them ended up at the "business end" when Master Q was born, while another was beside me holding my hand. Big N couldn't be there and they stepped up with no hesitation.
I have friends who I may not see or even speak to for months on end but I know that when we next catch up there will be no awkwardness, that our conversation will pick up as though we had last spoken only hours earlier.
I have friends I see regularly, who don't wait to be asked what they want to drink but put the kettle on themselves and make us both a cuppa, who help
hang the washing and think nothing of running the vaccum over the rug before they leave, or giving my kids a hug or a scolding depending on what the situation requires.
I have friends who I have never met - women who i have connected with online and who I am desperate to meet in real life and intend to very soon.
I have relocated 3 times in my life now - once as a child, once as a young single woman and once as a married mother with another on the way. Each time I left friends behind and each time I made new ones. I may not have the same shared history with the people I only meet this year as I have with those who I shared history lessons with but that does not make them less of a friend. I believe that in the same way a blank canvas holds so many possibilities for an artist so too does a new friend. There is a whole new chance to create a shared history and connections and each friend you make adds something to the person you are.
And I am already beginning to wonder what friends I shall meet through this blog - the people who will find me and the people I shall find as already I am seeing connections, finding similarities and seeing my own quirks reflected in the words of others and it excites me.
Another saying I like is that there is no such thing as strangers - only friends you haven't met yet. So friends shall we meet?