If someone really wants to know about you they should get to know your friends. Not to grill mind you, but to see your reflection they hold in their eyes.
To put it another way, our friends represent us.
If you put all my intimates together you’d see they have much in common, a thread that connects them loosely, but tightly to me.
Collectively, they’re all kind and noble, generous and smart.
Every one of them has a great sense of humor.
No one is mean or spiteful, petty or cruel. What their attributes say on the top of their lungs? Wow, Susannah is one helluva gal.
Chris, the voice of reason, is someone you can rely on trying never, ever to let you down, something I aspire to.
Ed is smart, smarter than me (nicknamed Edipedia), reads like his life depends on it, same as me.
Pam is so bighearted it’s somewhat criminal. I’ve been accused of that many times, even left by men because of it.
Bill is disciplined beyond the call of duty.
Joan is independent, dependable, compassionate and presses on no matter what.
Evelyn is quiet and dignified. I have that, though dusty, in my Connecticut archives.
MJ, the one who found Carmela, my beloved basset hound, because she wasn’t convinced Carm was safe persisting till the truth was known. It taught me a great lesson since, without trusting one’s instinct, where would we be? MJ reminds me, to quote Mel Brooks, to listen to my broccoli.
Joanne has a heart the size of Montana. She’s the one who initially gave me my first Society Library subscription truly changing my life. Her thoughtfulness inspires me to respond to others in kind.
Camille has no qualms giving you anything she has even if it’s very little. If it’s a dime she’ll gladly give you a nickel then call a hottie she knows to buy lunch. Let’s just say she bleats the practical along with the whimsical side of Susannah.
They all have interchangeable traits which is why I’m drawn to them.
They also make me want to be more like them in areas where I might come up a little short.
As someone I love would say, we mirror one another, that’s why we look into each others eyes to begin with.
There’s a familiar feeling much like a homecoming when we’re in their midst.