Saturday, 22 October 2011

Women friends...

In a week where I have had no children through the days, and aside from some deadlines, no appointments, I was reminded of the importance of friends. And the importance of making time to see them.

So I have made the effort.

I made a list of those friends who are overdue a 'phone call.

To some overseas friends I have emailed them a proper chatter letter, rather than just clicking "Like" on a Facebook status.

I have left the odd message and text to those friends who I know are mad busy, just to let them know I am thinking of them.

We had friends over for a BBQ last weekend- their kids and ours ran wild together in the bush and came back tired and happy to devour sausages and bread with sauce. In between times we chatted, sipped, laughed and clinked. It was a riot - two families, children and parents: all firm friends. Easy. Social. Energy giving bliss.

I took a day off on Tuesday, for what my kids term a "Mummy Playdate". I met a friend and we went shopping. Handbags and shoes - my favourite kind of retail. We stopped for coffee, we perused the metaphysical store, and then had a glorious lunch together in the sun before hot footing it back to school to pick up the kids. Easy. Social. Energy giving bliss.

Yesterday I caught up with a friend who I had been missing for ages. She has small children and a career and is mid renovations and she lives on the other side of town. It's hard to co-ordinate. But we managed it. The venue was sensibly MacDonald's, which is positioned halfway between us, with half decent coffee and a play area for her little one. We had the time and space and inclination to catch up. Six months worth of news; challenges, wins, and laughter. It was good for my soul to see her, and I know she appreciated it as much as I did. Easy. Social. Energy giving bliss.

We have more friends coming around today. For a bowl of pasta and some ice cream - we will break bread together and laugh. She knows her way around my kitchen almost as well as I do. Hell, she knows my kids nearly as well as I do. We are so used to helping one another out, that we sometimes forget to just kick back and enjoy one another. Today, we will.

I still have a way to go. I still have coffees to arrange and nights out to organise. I have lovely friends. I am a lucky lucky girl. I need to make sure, as our lives get frantic and busy, that I do not let these friendships dwindle.

I am grateful for friends. They make my world a lovely place.

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  1. Yes friends are so important and it is worth putting in the effort to stay in contact with them.

    Sometimes though if your the only making contact all the time ( I'm talking like every single time) you might have to think about the friendship as friendship to me is a 2 way street not a 1 way street.

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  2. It's so true that friends are the family you choose.

    Making time for them is so important but the best of friends will always forgive you if you forget to do that for a little while.

  3. Great post.

    I have been very grateful for friends this week too.

  4. So true! I'm guilty of neglecting my friends. Maybe it's time to start my own list and catch up. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Next to my family, my friends are the most important people in my life. We love to get together and just kick back. It's our lifeline in a frantic world.

  6. Couldn't do without my friends. Could do without my family (and do... you know that old chestnut). But never without my friends.

  7. I am embarrassed that my (and Al's post - I didn't read hers before writing mine would you believe so we have that weird 'sister' thing going on obviously!) anyway, I'm embarrassed that my post made you do something and I have done absolutely nothing...

    I just love that image you chose. That's me in the green, content and happy with my gals. x

  8. Wow! We are totally on the same wave length! My grateful post is about the same thing :)

  9. Lucy, this really got me thinking. Friendship does need replenishing. Going off to make one of those lists now.

  10. After many missed calls I finally just got off the phone after talking to my best friend. And then I saw this post.

    Makes me realise I need to make more of an effort. Thanks for the gentle nudge. x

  11. Like you Lucy, I too am grateful for friends. They continue to guide and support me along my journeys and trials. This world would be a lonely place without them.

  12. Nice post. This is a good reminder to me to make extra effort this week.

  13. My friends have become such a gigantic part of my life lately, infact they saved it a little while ago. Now they are helping me rebuild and I honestly couldn't have done it without them. Friends are wonderful, loved your post about your friends :)

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