Saturday, April 18, 2009

Gum Bumpin' and Other Trivial Pursuits

Never underestimate the power of a good conversation.

I've noted before that I'm not a particularly gregarious person particularly with strangers. However, when it comes to my friends, I can flap my lips with the best of them.

Often, it's my therapy.

I've got a good core group of friends. The type of folks I feel comfortable talking to about a wide range of topics that range from today's news events, to the travails of married life. I think most of them enjoy talking to me, despite my somewhat abrasive responses and penchant for questioning other people's common sense.

I've been reminded recently how lonely the world is if you can't discuss what's on your heart with people who love and care for you. It's a lonely world when you think you're out there on an island. Sometimes a sympathetic ear, that understands your quirks and hangups is the only thing that keeps you sane.

But, conversations between friends don't have to be serious or life altering to be meaningful. A good belly laugh is priceless, and just shooting the sh#t about the crazy things your spouse does can be a balm for the soul. Life is better when you have friends to share it with.

That's all I had to say.



AndreaM said...

agreed. spent time with 6 friends from high school today (we are early 40s now) and it was GREAT.

MacDaddy said...

Big Man:"Life is better when you have friends to share it with."
Oh yeah. I meet with mostly African Americans (a few are white musicians and drug addicts and a few are Somalis and Jamaicans) at a coffee shop on Sundays. We solve the world's problems and still get home by noon to check out sports. A lot of schoolin' going on, especially with the few republican "house negroes" in the group,but it's mostly just fun.

Deacon Blue said...

Just wish it wasn't so hard to make new friends...real an adult these days. Or so it seems to me, anyway.

It's taken me almost 7 years after moving out to New England to feel like I really have the beginnings of a circle of friends again.

GiGi said...

"...and if you threw a party and invited everyone you knew. you would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say: 'thank you for being a friend.'"

no, seriously, thanks!!!

Raving Black Lunatic