On Friends.

Feeling Fine, 2021.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
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This past month or so has been filled with visits from those who were starting to feel like long-lost friends. (Pandemically speaking, that is.)

It truly has been joyous to see so many (vaccinated!) loved ones after at least eight(ish) months of diligent social isolation on our part.

And I’m not gonna lie: it was a little hard at first. A little. . . weird.

How do I talk to people other than Sweet Husband or Baby Snap?

We can actually eat at restaurants again?!

What the frick am I gonna wear?

And then, like strumming the G chord on an old guitar, things fell right back into place.

. . .

Friends.

Ahh.

I’ve had a bunch throughout my 34 years on this planet.

Many stayed only for a time; a few have graciously remained.

And when we’re together I’m reminded of what friendship really means:

Listening.

(I could probably just end the post here. But there are, of course, other things worth noting.)

(clears throat)

Friendship is:

listening; always giving the benefit of the doubt; being honest; being humble; not being afraid to sound stupid; nurturing; the sharing of secrets, recipes, and dreams; being bored together; laughing until one or more bodily functions kicks into gear; putting the other person first.

It’s a safe haven; a philosophical community; a shrug of the shoulders at her shortcomings.

A friend will drink with you; rub sunscreen on your back; drive an extraordinarily long way just to hang.

I am forever grateful to have these special humans in my life.

Looking forward to the next soirée, Dear Ones.

. . .

SnapDragon is a writer and artist who lives in her native state of Pennsylvania.

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10 Comments

  1. Lovely post & hearing about your friends 🦋.Oh there is nothing like that friendship: where you totally get each other, laugh hysterically together & be 100% honest while acting silly over that obligatory glass of vino!! Precious precious friends to have in our lives. Heres to the vaccine & more of those friendly catch ups with our bezzies 🤗

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  2. A mentor once told me we go through seasons in life. Some friends are present for only one or two, some for several, others throughout right from the beginning, and some drift in and out as we go. All of these friendships are important in helping us navigate the different seasons of our life, and it’s ok that we and they move in different circles at different times.

    I love your encouragement to listen, and how important a skill this is for us to practice. We can listen and not hear – so we must ensure we are doing our best to wear the right ears every time we can. ❤

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