New-City Friendships

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Because it seems that five minutes is all I’ve had this week, despite my mom being there for most of it … I’m joining in with Five Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama this week and writing on COMMUNITY.

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My sweet Nashville friend Amelia – and our baby boys in utero

START.

It took me at least three years to feel any sense of true community in Nashville. To make some friends whom I could call at a minute’s notice. When I found out we were moving to Chattanooga, I couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach. Would I ever make friends again? When it took so long in this, my first post-college experience?

[Just a side note to say no, my kids cannot leave me to write for even 5 minutes today. Or 5 seconds. Libbie is sitting on my feet.]

I’ve made scattered acquaintances here and there in Chattanooga. Church friends, MOPS friends, Moms Club, and – strangely? or not? – blog friends.

It’s amazing, in this life called blogging, that we feel more connected to women across a computer screen than we do to people in “real life” sometimes. Sara came over last week with her 4-year-old and baby, and we talked for hours. Tiffany has become probably my best friend here in this city, foreign to us both. Someone to share 3-year-old perils, pregnancy woes, outing ideas.

When Tiffany was put on bed rest a few weeks ago, she sent me an email and asked if I could bring her some dinners. She knew her limits and her husband’s. As feeding people is my spiritual gift, I of course said yes.

And then, reflecting, thought … that is friendship. And I am glad about it.

STOP.

 

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4 thoughts on “New-City Friendships

  1. I totally teared up reading this! I felt the same way when I sent out the call for help. I knew that you, a FRIEND!, would hear my cry and help out. It’s so hard to make new friends as a grown up, and I’m so happy that the internet, of all things, brought us together in real life!

  2. Yes, I’ve experienced this, too: “It’s amazing, in this life called blogging, that we feel more connected to women across a computer screen than we do to people in “real life” sometimes.” I’ve prayed right now for you and growing community!

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