Friendship is more than pressing like on a Facebook status. I have met tons of amazing people on Facebook, Miio and other social networking sites, people that I have created bonds with. Men and women who I pray for and care about their lives. Being a homeschooling and single car family, I don’t get out much. Ok, let’s be honest here, I am a homebody and I am afraid of crowds, so I stay in my safe zone.
Years ago I was blessed to meet a group of ladies who really make me feel like a part of a wild extended family. We live all over the country. We laugh, cry and share our lives. If I had the money, I would bring them all here for a visit. (yep, homebody). They were my sanity when I moved 2600 miles from home and lost contact with my friends back home. They all kept my chin up when my husband (our only income) was unemployed for six months. I love this group of ladies like sisters. We are all different and come from varied backgrounds but we all share our joys and sorrows.
I have long been a pretty social person (homebody issues notwithstanding), and when I moved, I craved adult interaction outside of my little family. In doing so I have found a group of people who have become close friends. It’s nice to have people to invite over for dinner, and go out with. We have met amazing couples and I have met some wonderful ladies. They have all been warm and friendly.
All in all, my friends, both virtual and close at hand, make me a better person. They all make me remember diversity, kindness and joy. For the most part they love me…..
Even if I can’t spell. Yep, I can’t spell. Spell check has been known to tell me to get a clue. I don’t use commas correctly, oh, and we won’t even get into my love of the :) and ellipses…
Even if... Yep, I have an issue, I tend to tell it like it is. It’s not always the best of ideas, but hey, it’s who I am. I call ‘em how I see ‘em and let the chips fall how they may. I have however learned in my years to temper my statements with kindness.
Even if…. I am a big ‘ol Pagan. I tell ya I really had a fear of moving from CA to NC and having to hide who I am. I decided early on to just be me. Although it has lead to some interesting conversations and even a few lessons, I have been met with kindness and no one has burned me at the stake yet.
I guess my point here is that friendship requires that you overlook flaws and differences, and to be a friend you have to accept a person for who they are, not who you want them to be