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Monday, November 5, 2007

Friend or acquaintance?

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about blogging is the friends. I never thought that I would establish any true relationships through my blog, but I am happy to say that there are quite a few of you who I consider friends. I’ve found my blogger friends to be great “listeners,” reliable and caring.

I’m learning that I have few real-life friends and that I should not use the word friend so loosely (in real life). For instance, when my teenager first went into the hospital I later found out that someone who calls themselves my friend found out from someone else that she was there. That person never (not that day, the next day or even the next day…. As a matter of fact, almost a week passed before I heard from them) called to see how she or I was doing. They never called (texted, emailed, whatever) to say I’m thinking about you and I hope everything is okay. I understand that everyone has their own life and are busy, but – in my opinion – when you say someone is your friend… well, you know.

So, as I get to a certain point/age in my life, I realize that having true friends is a gift. (And being a true friend is a greater gift.) How do you know if you’re being a good friend? Do you have a lot of friends or a small group of close friends?
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