Friday, 22 February 2013

It's a friendship thing


I have never talked much about friendship here. The honest truth is that Hunter is my BFF and this friendship just grows and grows and still grows. My other two BFF both moved really far away - one to Calgary Canada 8 years ago and the other to Canberra Australia 3 years ago. I miss them both, and I am a lazy email friend. Time differences means that Skype is not such a great option either and neither of them are on iPad or iPhone Face time or enthusiastic Facebookers.In fact, the one is not even on Facebook. And although we keep email contact I miss the day to day things, I miss just having an impromptu coffee date. A quick phone chat - which I did with both of them regularly.

Yes, I am trying to build new IRL friendships - I have one mom at the school whom I have met for lunch a few times and will again - she is wonderful - best friend potential right there. Only problem being I am a bit like someone dating - they are planning to move to Australia next year. I do not want to go through losing another good friend.Our friends that we as a family spend a lot of time with does not really "count" here - they are on the brother and sister level - family , well better than family. Pure gold. But I do count I as a great girlfriend - BFF too, but we seem to always visit with the families.  I do have other not so "heart" friends around that I sometimes meet mainly for lunch, but it's not on that great friendship level. That one that you share so much with. They take time, commitment and a whole lot of understanding to build, mostly over years. I have my cousin /friend A who is possibly the closest to this is have at the moment. And the book club girls and other friends I love to spend time with but we still have to walk that mile together, eat that bag of salt together. It may come.

In the meantime, I have a great pack of friends I made here in the virtual word of my computer and iPad. What I love about bloggers is that we also talk about the things that you do not often get the time and chance with IRL. We support each other through comments, emails, Facebook chats. Some develop into IRL friends with time. We talk about our dreams and our visions - and our word for the year. As part of my word for the year "Embrace" I decided to as a friendship gesture ( Embracing friendships) doodle a few blogging friend's words for the year. I have posted quite a few (some delayed thanks to the post office strike) and some are still in process of being made. If you really want one let me know and I may just send you one. I just made notes of words as I saw them and as you know the first part of my year has been rather hectic, so I may have missed a lot. These doodles are giving me so much joy - I love making them and even more love sending them on and the joy they bring on the other side of th epostal system.I include a little Typo note book for each to write about what their word brings to them this year.  (BTW I only took a photo of each and did not scan them and sent the original to the recipients so they are uniquely your little doodle - a one and only original)So let me share the ones that I know have been received.
Marcia's
Julia's
Lynette's
Shayne's
Tania's

Pamela's
If you were wondering, yes, there is a process and some words "come to me" easier than others. I find very short words or phrases more difficult than single words. Yes, some symbols do have meanings to me but only one is in every single doodle (can you spot which one?) And tell me why I have it? The rest is mostly a process of drawings what the word/person/sketch "feels" like. As to the colours, I try to reflect a bit of what I see in you in those or I may just ask you to pick colours.


21 comments:

  1. Ah, i just love these so much. YOu are so talented myfriend!

    I think it's the Crown? Yes, no? To symbolise your relationship with Christ?

    Happy Friday my friend xx

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    1. You are so very nearly correct!

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  2. These doodles are simply stunning!! I wish I could do them.
    It is bad losing our friends to distance! I have also some friends that are further away, and over time the friendships have suffered! Very sad!

    Happy Friday!

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  3. OH I LOVE IT!!! I love mine and now that you've blogged, I can blog and put up and so on :)

    Thank you again for such a special gift - talks to my acts of service side for sure!

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  4. They are amazing! Actually I've noticed 3 symbols that are consistent in every doodle - the crown, the heart, the arrow...

    As to what your reasons are behind them, I have no cooking clue...

    I would LOVE one! I think your doodles are amazing.

    xxx

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    1. Send me a word and I will happily do one for you

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  5. Love your doodles and that you made a point in doodling some of the bloggers "words of the year".

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    1. Would love to do one for you - send me a word!

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  6. They are all so very pretty - been watching everyone get them :)

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  7. I LOVE mine and can't stop staring at it. THANK YOU. xoxo

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  8. Can't wait to see mine! Post office strike willing I'll have it when we get back. :-)

    The crown seems to be in each one...

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  9. Wow those are AWESOME!!! I think you are a fantastic friend. You have all the likable qualities in a person.
    I feel a bit sad and invisible atm. I have been so so so busy for months and months and things are finally settling down and I want to do stuff and see people, but I feel ignored and not wanted by people anymore. It saddens me. I wish I could be a better friend. But even guys I DATE complain that I don't have enough time for them. It's kinda just how my life is as a single mom working full time. sigh. Meh. Anyway the point is you are a great friend and seem blessed with lots of connections and strong friendships. And your doodles are phenomenal! I think me belated WOTY is going to be a phrase. 'Be Free'

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  10. Love Love Love these! So unique, pretty and just plain wonderful! I meant to choose a word this year, but I haven't.

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  11. They are all fantastic - I truly love mine. Thank you once again, so very much.

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  12. I really love your doodles Cat!
    I've had so many good friends emigrate to the UK / Australia and it is hard. It's not as easy to make friends as it was back in high school so the close friends I do have, I hold on tightly to. And hope they don't decide to leave South Africa too...

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  13. I absolutely LOVE mine, you captured "me" very well. I just wish you were closer so we could spend long Saturday afternoons drinking wine :-)

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  14. I am still waiting (not so patiently) for mine to arrive. After seeing these, I cannot wait!!!

    Sue X

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  15. You are a wonderful IRL friend to me. Thank you for my beautiful doodle and I love the crown in mine too, as it is possibly my most important relationship with the King. Sjoe, I really made you work...my word is soooo long.

    xx

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