I'm participating in Suzannah's blogfest ShoutLaughLove.
Sometime back I posted on Facebook a little conversation I overheard in the car while taking Miss3 to daycare. Mr6 had some wise words for her on the subject of making friends.
"When you see a friend you don't know, you tell them your name and then you play with them all day."
There are things I love about his advice.
1. His willingness to view everyone as a potential friend.
2. The apparent freedom he feels about introducing himself to that person he wants to be friends with.
3. His suggestion on how to grow that friendship.
I'm a shy person and find it difficult to make new friends. I'm not a natural socialite. As an adult I've lost that innocence that everyone is a potential friend. There needs to be some kind of connection or commonality before I will reach out and introduce myself. But the funny thing about blogging, Twitter and other social networking venues is that once I've made an online connection I feel more confident about meeting that person in real life. I'm still a bit shy about it but it's easier for me because the ice has been broken.
If a friendship is to grow it needs to be nurtured and Mr6 is right - you need to spend time with that person. There are some kinds of friendships that seem to be able to stand up to periods of disconnection, to pick up from where they left off and grow some more. Others, like marriage, require constant input in order to grow.
This little incident gave me some thoughts to meditate on in terms of my faith, my relationship with God, His graciousness towards me etc. I don't feel completely comfortable sharing them here, but those of you who are thus minded could probably suss them out.