Spinning Up Some Friendly Friendships

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a , so I thought I’d jump back in today, particularly since the theme is Friends or Friendship, and I didn’t want to disappoint my hostess friend.  Plus it’s an easy one to jump into since I posted about Friendship when my blog was in infancy and had no readers, so what better time to dust off an old post than now?   Of course it’s also the perfect time to reflect on the past 3-1/2 years and add more , too.

Originally posted October 26, 2008:

Friendships

Friendships truly are a fleeting thing. Some people have friends they’ve known since grade school… my sister-in-law is a prime example of that, I’ve always envied admired her and strive to adopt her persona of establishing deep, .

I had a large when I lived in Seattle (I grew up there) and when I moved to Small Town America, I made the assumption that (new) friendships would be an easy thing to cultivate… but because it is Small Town America, there seems to be less opportunity to make solid friendships – as they already have their circle of friends from grade school, and are not so ‘open’ to adding anyone ‘new’ to their current circle of friends.

The mindset here seems to be almost ‘resentment’ towards people coming from a ‘big city’, possibly a bit of being by the perceived ‘big city’ thinking. My ‘solid’ friendships from out West were damaged by my move almost 3000 miles away. Mostly because I didn’t tell them (except for 3 or 4 very ) in advance I was moving, as I was ‘escaping’ from my abusive ex-husband.

I kept them in the dark about my move, because they all really liked him (he always showed his absolute best side to them at all times), and I knew there would be conversations between them and him and wanted to stay safe. So I suppose in that case I sacrificed my friendships for my life. I’ve been away from those friends for 11 years, now, and while there are still the occasional email messages and a nice visit last year, the ‘closeness’ has unfortunately gone by the wayside.

‘Friendship’ tends to fall into a few different categories: 1) “Fair -Weather Friend”: A friend who supports others only when it is easy and convenient to do so. 2) “True Friend”: A friend who supports their own friends through emotional difficulties. This term also denotes a large degree of altruism, in that the ‘true friend’ often sacrifices something of his or her own (usually their time and resources) in order to help the friend in need. 3) “Best Friend”: A friend to whom one feels closest.

I consider myself lucky…sure, I’ve had my fair share of ‘Fair-Weather Friends’, unfortunately, but who hasn’t? But I have a wonderful person in my life I consider my ‘Best Friend’ – she’s the one that regardless of the vast miles that separate us, I can count on no matter what.

Peggy in Nevada is one of those precious Best Friends. We were inseparable for more than 10 years until we both moved to different states. She’s been a welcome ‘constant’ in my life in spite of the distance in miles, and we rarely get the opportunity to speak on the phone (mostly because I am so not a ‘phone person’), so email is truly a blessing to keep our friendship flame alive.

She’s much better than me at keeping in touch… sure, I make sure I don’t forget her birthday, we talk on birthdays and Christmas, but my dearest Peggy – I will make a concerted effort to keep the lines of communication open from my end more often, because you are important to me, and I truly appreciate you as a friend, and someone I would be very sad to not have in my life. Thank you for being you, and for being my Best Friend.

And that takes care of the recycled part.  Now for a fresh perspective 3-1/2 years later…

I was trying to find a picture of my friend Peggy and I, but unfortunately all my good pictures from back then are stashed in a box buried either in the attic or shed – one of these days I really need to dig that out, because there are some pretty funny pictures contained within I know you’d enjoy seeing.

I did find this picture of the two of us that will have to suffice (sorry about the dark/grainy mode, it was taken in low light with a cheap camera):

In case it's not obvious, that's me on the left, Peggy on the right

Yes, I had braces back in 1993 (and was much skinnier before the baby weight arrived 9 years later – and still remains 9 years after that), and yes, she was standing up for me at my Vegas wedding to the abusive ex mentioned above (naturally I cut him out of the picture).

She was there for me at the beginning, and she was there for me at the end.  She’s been there for me through all the ups and downs life has thrown at both of us, and she truly is  person I have always been able to count on.  I can’t wait to see her when we drive out West in a few weeks – she has some long overdue hugs coming.

When I originally wrote the post, I was green as all get-out in the blogging world.  Over the subsequent years it’s been amazing how many ‘virtual’ friends I have had the honor of making through the connections we have on our respective blogs.  People who don’t blog can’t seem to comprehend the idea that these people, whom we’ve never met, can actually be considered friends.

All these ‘virtual’ people have become significant friends over the years, and sure, just like reality friends, there have been a few that turned out to be ‘Fair Weather Friends’ and have subsequently slunk back to their corner of the virtual world never to be heard from again.

But for every one Fair Weather Friend, there have been 10 genuine friends to take their place.  They have been there through the blog slumps, the writing blocks, the nonsensical writings du jour – and have been supremely supportive through thick and thin.

They have been shoulders to cry on, pats on the back and cheerleaders through and through.  At some point they stop just being ‘virtual friends’, but simply become ‘friends’.  Connections have been made, and when an opportunity arises to actually meet face-to-face, it will seem as though we’ve been friends all our lives.

For each one of you reading these words today, thank you so much for all the good times, for all the encouragement, for all the awesome comments and emails, and for letting me simply be me.  You are all loved and appreciated.  Thank you for being my friends.

This Friendly Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by the lovely Gretchen at Second Blooming, who I’m honored to count amongst my friends. Check out what the other Spinners are being friendly about – you might make some amazing new friends.

 

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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18 thoughts on “Spinning Up Some Friendly Friendships

  1. Yes friends can make all the difference…good and bad!!
    Glad you have good ones in your life.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  2. Very insightful post. And, I agree with you about blog friends. They are great. In the big city it is also hard to find friends. Having blog friends really helps. And some days you get to meet them in real life. Which I hope we can do someday soon.

  3. Such a wonderful insight you have shared. I really love it. Friends are one of the great source of happiness in our life and when you have problem, they are the one that can cope you.

  4. I feel much the same about the wonderful ladies I have met while blogging. I have such a hard time with the face to face real life friend making, blogging helps with all that uncomfortable stuff.
    One day, hopefully, we can ge the face to face stuff out of the way and have a get together.

  5. I remember this post – I just don’t remember what I commented on it. LOL

    I know you’ve said you were planning to move back to the Seattle area sometime in the near future – is the abusive ex no longer there?

  6. before i joined the online world i never would have thought i would have the friendships here that i have found for sure…true friends are hard to find at times, but when you do hold on to them…smiles..

  7. I’m so glad you reposted this. I hadn’t yet discovered you when you first posted this, and I didn’t know your escape from Seattle history. I love the picture! Been there, done that. I’m also glad you reposted because it’s a lovely tribute to friends in general. Thanks!

    You are linked!

  8. Oh what a sweet post Stace!!! I totally agree with you on your view of frienship….I hope we can take our “virtual” friendship to the next level soon!!!

  9. YES! I agree with all of the above. I’ve been a bit of a here and there friend. Life has gotten a lot more busy since I started blogging 7yrs ago. I started slow and well it seems I’m still slow to post. I do though value all my blogging friends.

  10. Totally cool my friend! You are the cutest what are you a bridesmaid there? So pretty with your hair down and all, but wait… wait a second… omg am I seeing into the future? Is that our Princess Nagger! No! You’re kidding right? What are you some kind of witch or something seeing into the future? A premonition? hehehehehehhehehe Sorry couldn’t hold it back, but no really I mean it! Thanks for sharing! I’m gonna have to check out this blog hop. Sounds like fun!

  11. friendship is very important if we want to live better. today on facebook i can see that friend are not a serious thing like first. friendship is more than post a news to our friend’s wall. it is all about confidence, love and complicity.

  12. It’s such a good idea to bring out some of those old posts, dust them off and polish them a little! Isn’t it amazing how the blogging world brings people together? So glad you spinned with us this week!

  13. I’m very happy to have some true friends in my life, two of them I will call for any reason, even just to hear their voices and know all is okay in their worlds. I love that.

  14. Everyone needs a friend like Peggy or you. We all need someone to weather the storms of life and dance in the sunshine with. So glad you have each other.

  15. I think the longevity of some friendships I have can mostly be due to the fact that they are more “fair-weather” than “close” friends and when the weather permits, they may reappear after a long hiatus.

    Thanks for your spin (and for being a supportive blogging friend as well).