Monday, December 06, 2010

The Value of Friendships

Would you believe!  I just reached 100 subscribers! Thank you everyone for coming in to visit!  I hope that you will continue to stop by from time to time! To mark the event, I'm going to add a second prize to this month's giveaway!!! Stay tuned!

As I've watched the number of subscribers to my blog jump in the last few days, I've wondered how many will become real friends. Real friends are not always the people that you interact with everyday. Often, they are people that you used to live close to and that you have been separated from, as your life or theirs, required a move. There are times when you cannot keep up with them the way you would want to, for any number of reasons. I wonder if anyone else has, from time to time, withdrawn from a friend for a while, because it hurt too much to talk to them. The hurt of the move was too raw and the loneliness caused by it was chocking up all the oxygen in the air around you. I must admit that I've been there far too often over the last 12 years. I miss being able to hug the friends I've left behind, while feeling blessed to have made new friends where I live now.

Real friends also come via the Internet these days, much as they might have been far away pen pals in days gone by. I am blessed to have those kinds of friends. Some are newer, some have been close for many years. Sometimes, make that often, I wish I had the time and money to bring all these wonderful people who have befriended me, who have loved and supported me through thick and thin, together. I would put them in one big beautifully decorated room that reflected their beautiful souls and celebrate the wonderful gift they have given me, their friendship. Since I obviously can't do that, (though that will change if I win the 74 million powerball), my beloved friends will forever remain safely in the chambers of my heart. My blog is dedicated to those friends and here, on my blog, they will be hono(u)red always!


Cheryll said...

You're just the sweetest MC!

Carole RB said...

Hi M-C
Congrats for your 100 followers!
Have a nice week!

Lynne said...

I too, have had a big change in my friendships over the past 10 years. I think I'm getting ready for another one as my closest friend is talking about moving closer to her grandkids in Virginia.

Kelcey Hereau said...

I moved to Florida 10 years ago and lost many friends there but have stayed in touch with my true friends...I have made others like you through the internet and scrapbooking!

Monkey Girl said...

Congrats on the 100 subscribers!! That's awesome!!

In the past year 2 of my good friends that lived within walking distance of my house moved.

You are a wonderful friend and I'm very happy that I met you!! You are truly special!

Teela said...

Thanks for that post about friendship. I've had friends turn their back on me, in times of crisis, and I just wonder did they ever love me. But I think I'm just too "needy" and dramatic for alot of people. Not by choice...the crown of Drama Queen was thrust on my head many years and 40+ moves ago. Being here, in a cabin and not in my house this week right in the midst of the Christmas Season, has made me stop and realize, I don't have to have talk to my friends daily, but they will always have a place in my heart. I've been having to live a "scaled down" lifestyle, maybe it's that way w/friends too. Sometimes it just takes 1 to come along and lift you up and tell you that you are worth spending their time and life with. M-C, thank you for putting yourself out there for us and for your hard work w/the coupons and the generous giveaways. You are a groovy chick and I hope someday to get to meet you in person!

Creative Expressions by Lynn said...

I have a friend that distance has separated us. But anytime we get the chance to see each other or talk, it is like we have never been a part. I am truly blessed to have at least one of those in my life.

I have also had friends who have come and gone. We were close while we were together, but then they moved and we lost touch. This has happened to me so many times in my life that I got to the point that I didn't want to make anymore friends. I got tired of hurting! But then one day after years of protecting my heart, I realized it is better to have had friends for a short time and lost them than to never have them. Because friendships can enrich our lives in so many ways. It is a blessing to have even if we do lose them. So, I learned to open my heart back up to let them in. I would rather live with pain in my heart when I think about them than to have not allowed myself the richness of friendships that would live in my heart forever. Friendships makes our lives more beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts of friendship with us!
God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are MY friend, my friend!


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Congrats on your followers, I can really relate to your post! Your words are very sweet! :)

lavendarrose29 said...

Congrats on 100 subscribers. Some of my closest friends are people I only interact with via the internet. I totally get what you are saying.