#WATWB: Friends and Friendship

Normally, for a We are the World Blogfest post, bloggers share a link to a positive story about people, places, or community. I’m going to do something a little different for August and share a few words about friendships and how our friends make our lives better.

What could be more positive than that?

Friendships make the world go around and I have a ton of gratitude for the friendships, both male and female, that I’ve made over the years.

One of my longest friendships is with a woman I met about 43 years ago. Her name is Margie. She has been a friend through marriage and divorce, loss of parents, job woes, and the ups and downs of life. We live about 90 minutes from each other and have communicated via phone since the pandemic struck. The last time we talked, Margie and I joked about how we need to set aside at least an hour for our phone calls because we never fail to find something to talk (or laugh) about. After we hung up, Margie called back a few minutes later and left a message that said something like, “Just so you know, we talked for 62 minutes and 17 seconds.” She’s a bit of a smart-aleck and so am I, and that is one of the many reasons we’ve been close friends for so long.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

~Marcel Proust~

Margie is a charming gardener – she taught me most of what I know about flowers – but friendships grow and blossom in so many wonderful ways. Margie would give me the shirt off her back if I asked, and she and many others fall into numerous categories of friendship…

  • The friend who is always there for me, willing to help without question, whether life is fun or not fun.
  • The friend who shares a glass of adult refreshment and makes me laugh.
  • The one who supports, even when I’m being stupid or less than a friend.
  • The friend who never judges, at least not out loud.
  • The friend who buys lunch or dinner with a smile because they want to.
  • The friend who encourages and/or kicks my butt as needed.
  • The friend who knows enough to be quiet when silence is required.
  • The friend who is comfortable with silence when we run out of things to talk about.
  • The friend who “goes with the flow” when we spend time together.
  • Friends who have never met me but continue to be in relationship as blogging and email buddies.
  • Friends who understand my weird and wacky sense of humor because they have one too.
  • Friends who fill me with faith, hope and love.

There are so many ways that friends make our souls blossom, reduces our blood pressure and anxiety, or gives us a reason to keep coming back for more of their time. Feel free to leave your positive friendship comments, laughable moments or how friends and friendships feed your soul.

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.” ~Belinda Witzenhausen~

If you would like to join in with posting for #WATWB or simply spread some joy on Facebook or Twitter, please click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. You can go HERE to be part of the #WATWB Community Facebook page, where monthly posts congregate for your reading pleasure.

This month’s post falls on Friday, August 27th, 2021 – Mary J. Giese (https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/ ) and Belinda Witzenhausen (https://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com/) will be co-hosting.

31 responses to #WATWB: Friends and Friendship

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Friendship is one of the best things in life, Mary. In this past year and a half, the friends I have made through this community have become more important than ever. I think this is a great topic to highlight for WATWB

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan…my blogging friend. I have a feeling that friendship is what got a lot of people through the pandemic. I know it did for me.

  2. ivor20 says:

    Best friends are treasure troves of love and compassion along your journey of the good and bad times ..🤗💛

  3. joey says:

    You’re as lucky to have Margie as she is to have you. I treasure my friends, the old and new ❤

  4. murisopsis says:

    Wonderfully written post! I treasure my friends… I remember a Girl Scout song “Make new friends but keep the old – one is silver and the other gold!” We’d sing it as a round and it was fun. I have lost track of some of my friends but there are a few that have been around for a long time! My old college roommate is coming up on 44 years…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s wonderful you’ve had a friend for so long. I love the GS song. I cherish the old friends, but am always open to making new ones.

  5. dgkaye says:

    That’s beautiful Mary. I am blessed with 2 best friends, so I know of what you speak 🙂

  6. Susan Scott says:

    Just wonderful Mary! I sometimes wonder what I would do or be without my very special friends, those in real life as well as though through the internet! Thanks for co-hosting this time round. Great #WATWB Have a great weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I have had good friends all of my life, but I truly found the value in a circle of friends while going through a divorce…support no matter what! I don’t know what I would have done without them.

  7. Maggie says:

    What a great post to feature today. ❤️ I do not know where I would be without my friendships.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Same here, Maggie. Human friendship is worth more than anything else I can think of, save for family. It’s priceless.

  8. Love this!!! If someone has one good friend like Margie they are blessed. I am blessed to have a few good friends all have been a constant in my life, always offering unconditional love, support and accepting my ahem “quirky” personality lol! 😊 Thanks so much for co-hosting with me (you’re awesome!!!) and for being a part of #WATWB! Have a fantastic weekend!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks, Belinda, and you’re welcome! I have dear friends who understand my weird and wacky sense of humor and my nerdiness and that makes life fabulous. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

  9. I’ve reflected a lot on friendships over the past 18 months. Given the extremes of life we have been and continue going through, it’s been interesting to see which friendships have stuck. They are the ones worth having. The pandemic has been a kind of threshing machine, sorting out the wheat from the chaff of friends. I’m grateful for every one of those who’ve stuck around in the tough times.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I didn’t lose one friend through the pandemic, but it was politics last year that made me step away from someone. I’m sorry, H, if you lost friends due to lockdown or related reasons. I was so happy when I could hug one of my friends after being vaccinated (she gives the best hugs). It’s the face-to-face contact and touch that I miss the most with friends and family, but hope to make it up to some soon. Sending hugs and love.

  10. Lizbeth Hartz says:

    What a neat post, it made me think of my own dear friends and how them just being there has helped me through the years (and especially during the Pandemic.) Thanks for sharing this and for reminding me of the many ways friends brighten up my life.

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