Tell Us About- Friends and Friendship

Hello everyone, its that time of the month again when I join fellow bloggers for the writing challenge , Tell Us About . The topic for this month as suggested by Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper is Friends and Friendship.

Friends come and go throughout our lives starting in our early childhood. Growing up at an airport, you became adept about making new friends as it was ever changing as families moved frequently (not ours by the way) to other states and countries.

I have no recollection of having any special close friends during my primary school days , it was a small school so my guess is we all just played together.

This changed when I started high school and I met Didee at the age of twelve. We just clicked and are still friends today some fifty eight years later. In fact the image above was a card Didee gave me.

Over the years our lives have taken much different paths. Didee married and became a mother at an early age and moved interstate, whereas I travelled, married and became a mother in my thirties.

We reconnected when Didee returned to Launceston and we even worked together at a small local clothing boutique for a time. Today our friendship is closer than ever and we try to get together for coffee or a walk on a regular basis.

As I look back on friendships throughout the years I am reminded of groups of friends in my teenage years , work friends , school Mums and those people I met while travelling.  I will admit to loosing contact with most of these friends over time as we all move on in our lives . I also am a great believer that friendships do change as do we and sometimes a friendship has run its course and although often painful it is time to let go.

That said I have dear friends we met on an overland trip back in 1975 and despite living in different states we have stayed in touch and see each other as much as possible.

I do feel it is so important as we age to not only continue our existing friendships but make new friends of different ages . I am well aware that I have not always been as consistent in maintaining friendships as I should have been but am endeavouring to redress this.

Recently I had with two others introduced a monthly MG girls get together for coffee and a way for everyone to get to know each other .  It is a very informal relaxed gathering with only one rule , no discussion of cars . We range in ages from late 50’s onward, some of us are long time locals, others come from interstate and overseas and have relocated here.

I was reminded yesterday that I have two dear friends that I met when they were my customers at a store I worked at for a time. We clicked straight away and even though the business closed in 2016 we keep in touch at meet regularly.

It would also be remiss of me not to mention friends I have made online , through my blog and also Instagram. I have been fortunate to meet in person several of my online friends and this is always such a joy as you always have much in common.

Making friends in later life may not be quite as easy as when we were younger but it is both possible and valuable as staying connected is so vital to our health and wellbeing in later life.

Please join my fellow bloggers to read their posts on Friends and Friendships . Due to my total lack of tech skills I have once again tried and failed to properly add the links. so please go to either Penny at Frugal Fashion Shopper or Gail at Is this Mutton.

Enjoy your friendships everyone and know that I so appreciate the friendships I have made through the blog.

Jill xxx

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Cheryl Gurnhill
    February 14, 2024 / 10:49 pm

    A lovely story Jill. Friends are so important in our lives, both old friends and new friends. I am pleased to call you a friend, not old! But more long term.
    We look forward to you both visiting us after mid March when we return from our Tas caravan trip.

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 6:02 am

      Thank you so much Cheryl , we most definately are long term friends , it was so good to catch up recently.
      Enjoy your caravan trip ,will contact you in mid March.

  2. Judith
    February 14, 2024 / 11:56 pm

    I enjoyed reading this and agree with everything you said. I am at the moment trying to recover from mistreatment by someone I thought was a friend. We no longer speak. She is not someone with whom I now care to associate, but it still hurts. So, this post encourages me, and I will treasure the true friends I do have, while working to keep those relationships.

    Here’s a link to the Frugal Fashion blog. Looks like she hasn’t yet posted about friendship:
    https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/wp/im-buying-fewer-items/

    The same for Gail: https://www.isthismutton.com/

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:59 am

      Thank you Judith I am glad you enjoyed the post. It can be heartbreaking when our friendships take a turn that was so unexpected. Please continue to treasure your true friendships.

  3. February 15, 2024 / 5:49 am

    I think you are very right about friendships changing as we change. There are people with whom I was great friends. But, the connection we had was lost when our lives changed. It’s been a joy to “meet” other women through blogging. I am enjoying getting to know everyone in this particular challenge as the subjects seem to draw out so much of our lives and personalities.

    Thanks, Jill, for a wonderful post.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:56 am

      Thank you so much Marsha , it is the friendships I have made that makes blogging so worthwhile for me. I agree the monthly challenge is a lovely way to get know each other better.

  4. February 15, 2024 / 8:17 am

    Great post Jill. I’m with you on the need for consistency in maintaining friendships. I lost contact with most of my friends from school and early jobs. I just didn’t like phoning people (still don’t). Recently rediscovered one of my best friends in the 70s and we’ve had such fun reconnecting, and hope to meet up.

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:52 am

      Thank you Gail , pleased you liked the post. Glad you have reconnected with an old friend , hope you do manage to meet up. I find I am so much better now at maintaining friendships , maybe its an age thing.

  5. February 15, 2024 / 9:54 am

    I must say having commented on your blog many times and, of course, admired your dress sense immensely it was great to meet you in person. And also exchange many views that don’t come up so much on our blogs. Yes, I definitely wish we lived nearer Jill as I would love to meet up with you more often! Nevertheless I cherish these long distance friendships and long may we continue to blog so we get some insight into each other’s lives – and clothes!

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:49 am

      So very true Penny I knew before we met in person that we had so much in common and shared views on many subjects. It is such a shame we are not living closer wouldn’t we have fun together . We both hopefully will continue blogging for many years exchanging news, views and of course our clothes. Thank you for the prompt.

  6. February 15, 2024 / 7:50 pm

    Hi Jill, how wonderful to have a friendship from childhood. For me, I moved quite frequently so never really connected with long term friendships. I do have a varied albeit small circle of friends now. For me, it isn’t so much about seeing them often, it is about being able to pick up where we left off as if we had just seen each other yesterday. Loved your take on this month’s prompt.

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:44 am

      Thank you so much Sue I did enjoy this prompt. I am the same and have a small circle of close friends , some I see often , others only now and again. I always think you know a true friend when you just pick up from when you last met.

  7. Nancy Brantley
    February 15, 2024 / 10:28 pm

    Glad to be your blog friend!

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 16, 2024 / 5:39 am

      Thank you Nancy , I am pleased we are too and a big thank you for your support..

  8. Mary Katherine Graetz
    February 16, 2024 / 4:23 pm

    Well-said, Jill! Friends have really moved to the top of my priority list with each passing year.

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 17, 2024 / 4:54 am

      Thank you so much Mary Katherine . I do believe we treasure our friendships more over the years.

  9. February 16, 2024 / 6:19 pm

    What a lovely post, Jill.
    Indeed, friendships do come and go throughout one’s life, but then there are those who stay with your forever.
    I’ve reconnected with some of my childhood and primary school friends via Facebook, and found one high school friend again in 2009, whom at that time I hadn’t seen for nearly 30 years. We happen to live only a stone’s throw from each other and are now in each other’s lives again. And I too made quite a few friends through my blog, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet more than once. xxx

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 17, 2024 / 4:53 am

      Thank you so very much Ann. How lovely to reconnect with childhood friends again after all those years. The joy of meeting friends through blogging is indeed always a joy.

  10. February 19, 2024 / 3:17 am

    Hi Jill,
    Thank you for your memories and thoughts about friendship.
    I have been and still are, very loyal to friends I have made but it has been very painful when
    the other friend has just disappeared “into thin air” – no arguments, falling out…just disappeared.
    I realise now that I have chosen new paths, have moved, lived overseas, different states and they
    chose to stay put, content as they are and we have nothing in common – even though I would love to know how they are. However, I have two very dear friends who I met 30 years ago, we have evolved and love and
    respect each other’s new lives, homes and paths and we make special effort to keep in touch via monthly video chats, phone calls and twice yearly visits to each other.
    Love,
    Elizabeth. xx

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 21, 2024 / 5:47 am

      Thank you for your comment Elizabeth, always so much appreciated. There is something special about our long time friendships, we have been through so much together , good and not so and we all change over time . It is always sad when a friendship comes to an end , I am like you and do often wonder about friends I have lost contact with.

  11. February 21, 2024 / 1:37 pm

    You all’s blog post inspired my post today on Friendships. I have found wonderful group of women that I run with on Saturdays and we support each other in our lives. Social media has made it easy for us to communicate through a group me text thread and it has been a blessing in our lives.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    • grownupglamour
      Author
      February 23, 2024 / 5:16 am

      Glad to hear our posts inspired you Mirielle. Our friendships are so important throughout our lives. I agree that the social connections we make online are so valuable.

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