09 October 2008

love thursday : friends

I was starting to write this post for my Love Thursday offering before I realised that the Shutter Sisters had called this week’s post ‘Friends’.

I have just driven Petunia and her other half to the station to start their journey home to England. We’ve had a lovely ten days together and Petunia and I have caught up on each other’s news and spent last night with a couple of glasses of sparkling wine setting up a blog for her : Panglossian Prose. Just before we got into the car she asked for a photo be taken of the two of us and I realised that we hadn’t taken photos of just the two of us this trip. Her other half obliged by taking at least three, because we both blinked at the wrong time, and it set me thinking about how negligent I have been towards keeping in touch with my friends. We all know that the sign of true, long-standing friends is that it takes but moments to catch up where we left off, but I wanted to use this opportunity to apologise (yet again, but publicly this time !) to all the people I know who may be thinking of giving up on me …

Most of my girl friends go back quite a long way and I started counting the years we had known each other :
Claire – 47 (gulp !); Zoë – 41; Phillippa – 37; Petunia – 35; Louise – 28 (I’ll have been in contact with you before you read this !); Di – 27; Sandie – 26; Emma – 25; Melanie – 25; and many more since. Now I risk offending people I may have forgotten, so I really just wanted to say to you all : “You’re all so special to me. Thank you for being my friend”

This is a picture of a more recent special friend


O said...

I love what you wrote and you both look so at ease with each other in the photo. In my friendships, we all tend to be what we call "low maintenence" friends...meaning we understand we each have lives, families, obligations that need to be met so we get together when we can. When we do get together, we make up for lost time real fast and it's like we hadn't been apart that long. Plus...I love having a texting/photo mssg'ing plan with my cell phone. It makes staying in touch that much easier. I can just zip a little note to my friends, let them know they're in my thoughts & maybe a silly pic of myself or something they'd find interesting. :) We're all different and that's what makes us each so wonderfully special. Thanks for sharing your words and sorry :) for the long comment! lol

Shalet said...

Friends are wonderful aren't they?!! Lovely post. Happy Love Thursday!

Kyla said...

What a lovely photo! Friends are such a joy.

O said...

Good day :) thanks for your lovely comment over at my blog :) and thanks for adding me to your list! I've done the same with yours. I totally agree with you about replying to our friends as quickly as we can. Let them know that what they said is important. :)

It was nice to hear from you - have a nice weekend!

Lucy said...

This is a bit tantalising . . . you tell us all about one friend - then show a picture of a different one.

About O's comment. In the days of proper, paper letters, one friend said to me 'You sure know how to kill a correspondence!'

This was because I always replied straight away. A more leisurely approach would have been better.

I've become stunningly inefficient nowadays and, if I don't reply straight away . . . sometimes, I don't reply at all.

(With comments on my blogs I sometimes reply weeks after they've been left. But at least they stay there, waiting, instead of getting lost under a pile of books.)


Di DeCaire said...

What guts you have to just pick up and go to one of the most beautiful places in the world! Keep yourself surrounded by beauty. Feel welcome to come to my place for a visit.

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