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I spend a lot of my time matching up children who feel like they are friendless.  Sometimes I match up children in 2nd grade who are besties through 6th grade.  

My friends are my family. Except....they like me, they adore me, they say nice things about me. My friends understand that in a writer's life, sometimes I ignore their phone calls, their emails and their texts. If my muse is on fire, I am not a good friend. My friends are my lifeline. They are always lassoing me in, to gently let me know I have gone too far, said too much, or said too little. My friends are the people I can trust to keep the outrageous things I say, in confidence and if they have to share, I know they will use generalizations, not saying the who of it. My friends are the up-standers, not the bystanders. Even if we disagree, we still respect each other, love each other and hug each other big before and after dinner. My friends use fantastic, optimistic, adjectives to describe me and all of their other friends. My friend s introduce me to their other friends, so I have friends. My friends jump and shout and twirl and tell their friends when something good happens to me. My friends stand by me, no matter how rudely my writer self treats them. My friends are my family. Written April 24th, 2018

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Date: 4/25/2018 9:52:00 PM
That 2nd line, "Except...they like me, they adore me, they say nice things about me"---just slays me. It's wonderful, and yet it hurts. Why can't our family members be our true friends? Isn't that the goal, the greatest achievement?...OK I'll get down from the soapbox now, and just end with this: The 2nd line reminds me of the old saw about the differences between in-laws and outlaws...:) gw
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/27/2018 5:07:00 AM
As usual you "understood" what I was going for; I respect that so much, and expect it from you.
Date: 4/25/2018 9:52:00 AM
My friends think I'm crazy and enjoy the fact.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/25/2018 1:04:00 PM
In truth we are all crazy, just in different areas. I am people=crazy. If I did not have people, I would cease to exist.
Date: 4/25/2018 9:40:00 AM
Great description of a real friendship. Thank you for sharing!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/25/2018 1:04:00 PM
Thank you Estela. I certainly appreciate your visiit.
Date: 4/25/2018 9:09:00 AM
Lovely, Caren. I particular love "My friends are the up-standers, not the bystanders." Well done.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/25/2018 9:18:00 AM
Thank you Line. Much appreciated. Thank you for being my Facebook friend too. You are beautiful! I wish you lived closer to me.