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What Does Friendship Mean?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on May 4, 2019 19:12

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Part of self discovery is finding out how important friendship is.

Some time back, I met a delightful woman.  She and I were stuffing envelopes for the classical music station here in Las Vegas.

After spending all afternoon together, we exchanged telephone numbers, and she and I made a habit of getting together on many afternoons and having coffee.

She lived a distance from me, and since I was no longer driving, she drove to come and meet me.

When I saw her pull up in front of the building where I was living then, I felt true joy. She really cared, and I felt it. And although I had become friendly with my neighbors, the time I spent talking to her was a special gift that meant very much to me.

About a year ago, my friend had to move away from the Las Vegas area. Her husband is a physician with the Air Force, and was transferred to another state. Since she left, I have had the sense that I am truly alone.

My sensitivity as it relates to loneliness may well be connected with my early childhood, a time when as an only child, I spent most of my days alone when not in school. I did have a few friends, and would visit with them after school on occasion.

Recently we had to leave the apartment where we were living. An electrical fire forced us to leave the place, and with practically no clothes, no books, and all of our furniture gone, my husband and I were forced to find a new place to live. 

We moved to another apartment here in Vegas, and I experienced the same sense of loneliness that I had felt when my friend had to move away.

I've lost track of how long I have been living in my new digs, but it seemed as though I would never be able to replace the feeling I had when my friend picked me up for coffee and conversation.

One never knows when miracles will happen, and oddly enough, my husband struck up a friendly relationship with one of our neighbors when he was out walking the dog.

What I have found is that this woman has somehow miraculously replaced the friend I missed so much. They are approximately the same age, and both are kind and seem to read me well.  I admittedly am rather neurotic, but having someone to talk to helps enormously.

In truth, getting old is a challenge. However, I am making a concerted effort to use my brain constructively, and self understanding is part of that effort.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on May 4, 2019 19:12

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Source: Inc.com

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