I think I am a reasonably good friend to those friends I have already made. With the exception of long distance friendships, which I just suck at. If I can't see you on a regular basis, chances are that after about a year, you probably won't hear from me again.
My friend Mary, who lives locally, and I can go a few weeks without seeing each other and then pick up where we left off by going to a movie, going to the farmer's market, working on knitting projects in front of the TV together, or just sitting around talking. She has two kids, lots of other friends and is working a crazy shift on the air force base right now. She's not a needy friend nor am I, so we get along great. However, I did panic a little when I found out that she was getting out of the air force and moving home to Connecticut. She insists that we will still be friends from afar, but I hope she realizes that she will likely have to put in more than 50% of the work.
So I decided that I better work on making new friends. Don't get me wrong, my husband and I are friends and I love to spend time with him, he's a good friend and he's good for other things too, but a girl needs girlfriends.
I, like many of you, spend the vast majority of my waking hours at work. I get home between 6 and 7 PM each night. I go to they gym, make dinner for my husband and I, clean an area in the house, and all of this is done just in time to fall into bed around 9:30-10 PM. Then I get up and do it all again the next day. I bet my day sounds like many of yours.
So how does a girl go about finding new friends?
I'll tell you. She recruits them...well...sort of.
Were any of you in sororities? Did you participate in recruitment (rush)?
Well I was and I did. I was recruited into a sorority my freshman year. I loved it. A great way to find a whole group of built-in, live-in friends. For the next 3 years I participated in the recruitment of new classes. Let me tell you, I sucked at it. I got very few girls to join my sorority. I didn't know what questions to ask, how to find commonalities and how to get someone to open up to you and like you. I even remember asking "if you were a character on friends, who would you be?", how cliche, right? I think the girl looked at me cross-eyed, put her brain on auto-pilot and, afterwards, pretended like the last 15 minutes or so didn't happen.
Anyway, now that I am in a medical profession that includes quite a bit of sales, my skills have improved. I am quite adept at getting people to open up and to like me, for...get this...who I am!!!!
I'm honest, I'm worldly (sort of), I have varied interests, and I am honestly interested in them.
When I'm not talking to people, or doing work, my brain dwells on infertility, finances and how to get a baby, and if I'm not careful this information leaks out my mouth and pours onto other people, including my male co-workers. I'm not subtle about my infertilty, in fact, I'm as far across the library from a closed book as you can get.
Therefore, I must work harder to find commonalities with
So, I talked about her before, but we didn't become friend's back then. A patient of mine, an infertile like us, and I became friends. She came back in to see me and we talked about the fact that we should hang out. We found each other on facebo.ok and she and her husband had us over to dinner. Our husbands even get along. AND infertility was a topic of conversation over dinner. She had me over again to bake together. We just have so much in common, she knits!!! and paints!!! and has 5 dogs too!!! Also, she's now pregnant with twins from ART after 4 years or so of infertility, and she's one pregnant person that I couldn't be happier for.
She has this blog address and might be reading, I don't know. How could I not tell her about you guys?!?
The end of this post has taken a different turn than I planned as I just found out yesterday that she went into pre-term labor at 28 weeks. She'll be in the hospital for the next 5+ weeks or until she delivers. She could use your support, thoughts, prayers and hope. I was thinking of asking her do a guest post, but I'm not sure she'd be up for it (and we've only been friends for 2 weeks or so). Given that I've known her for such a short period of time, I'm not sure how to support her, ideas?