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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul rememb'ring my good friends


This is how I write – I agonise over every word. I don’t leave a sentence until it conveys just what I want it to. It’s a heart breaking way of working and really stressful and it results in a couple of hundred words every few hours. So I’ve decided to reverse the trend and this blog is to be the opening salvo in my war of attrition with my better nature. After all, hardly anyone reads about us, who wants to hear about the continuing adventures of two lost souls bimbling about the planet, talking too much and inventing funny dances when they get bored? Perhaps three other people.

This site is not, it has to be said, the Disney World of the information super highway, it’s not a tourist trap or a place of historical interest. It’s a forgotten backwater populated by freaks and geeks with hearts of gold. The kind of place that city slickers break down in and slowly come to learn the value of love from the slightly backward townsfolk. In other words it’s a perfect place to experiment. So I’m going to worry less about semantics and more about saying what I mean. I’m going to type at a rate of knots and cover the page with words just to see what happens. It’ll be therapeutic and mixed up and hopefully, hopefully charming.

So what’s on my mind at the moment? Friends. Let me elaborate – at this point in my life I am lucky enough to have made the acquaintance of a number of the best people currently living on planet Earth. They are a eclectic bunch that include (in no particular order) an immigration officer, a theatrical education co-ordinator, a PhD student, several charity workers, a sound technician, an EMA grant manager and an actor/designer/consultant/network engineer … chap. These people are the mystic element that changes the dross of the every day Rumpelstiltskin-like into shiny gold. I have never managed to shake the rather outdated concept of ‘best friends’ but I now find myself in a position where friendships can speak for themselves without recourse to labels and definitions. Some I see once a year, some I see on a weekly basis but suffice to say that I am extremely grateful that each one of them is in my life.

I’ll leave you with this:

“In loneliness, in sickness, in confusion- the mere knowledge of friendship makes it possible to endure, even if the friend is powerless to help. It is enough that they exist. Friendship is not diminished by distance or time, by imprisonment or war, by suffering or silence. It is in these things that it roots most deeply. It is from these things that it flowers." 
-Pam Brown

7 Comments:

Anonymous Micky said...

Friendships are marvelous things. I have recently come back into contact with a friend and did not realise quite how much i missed her prescence in my life.

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Eileen said...

Yeah! Friends rock! After all, what's the point in being human if you don't share the experience with other humans? Might as well be a wolf (and a lone one at that).

5:49 pm  
Blogger urban cowboy said...

i made a friend with a man who gave me a pecan danish. he's dead now. perhaps he shouldn't have asked for a bite.

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