Acquaintance vs friend

“So called friends are like the leaves of a tree;
Scattered all around.
But true friendship is like a diamond;
Very rare.”

If you ask someone how many friends they have, numbers really vary. What? Are you talking about the Facebook ‘friends’, or Twitter ‘followers? The friends from years ago who you see once in a while, if ever, at gatherings, or bump into in town? Those school, or university chums who meant everything to you at the time but then you all drifted apart. There was nothing that disintegrated your contact, no fight or argument. Just distance and/or and situation.

Or those people you see regularly, who know the ins and outs of your present life?

It also depends on the age of the person you are asking. If you ask a 5 year old, they’ll tell you the number of children in their class, or sit and count everyone they have ever met. A teenager might have ‘none’ because they are going through that difficult stage where “no one understands me!”. Or they will have 798, because that’s their social media count. Then, as you get older, well, those of you that are older will understand…

I’m talking about those friends who know you inside out, know your heart and soul, those people who you might not see all the time, but who you have a connection with. That person who you can call or visit, after months, or even years, and fall straight back into that relaxed relationship with. You don’t necessarily have to have known them all your life, these diamonds can appear at any time in your life, when you least expect it. And these people are the ones you find you can share everything with, knowing you’ll get honesty back, and support.

Not counting some very close family members, if I think very hard, I would say 2. Two people, one who I posted about before, my gorgeous best friend, and one more recent. (I say recent but we met over 9 years ago.)

That sounds crap really, doesn’t it? After over 40 years on this earth, I feel like I have 2 really close, good friends. Not to offend any of my other friends, I have many people who I count as friends, from different times in my life, childhood, school friends, university friends, friends from various places of work, mum friends. All people who are special to me in some way or another, but they know one facet of me. They know the me of that time, not the evolved me, and the whys and wherefores of who I am. All these people are my leaves…

But I thank my 2 diamonds, they are always there. Sometimes they might not know, or realise it, but they are the tonic I need to carry on, at times.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ashokbhatia
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 07:52:00

    Well said!
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  2. pattyalcala
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 01:53:32

    That is so sweet. I have one diamond and that is my sister. We are so very close.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. amommasview
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 23:01:02

    It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality that counts. Very well put. Love your post!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. marilynmunrow
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 19:59:28

    Reblogged this on Marilyn Munrow and commented:
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  5. marilynmunrow
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 19:57:39

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