I have been doing a lot of thinking about friendships lately. What friendship really means to me, who my friends are, why others have slipped away... I am one of those people that if I engage in a friendship, my intention is to keep you for a lifetime. Most of the friends I have, have been so for at least 8-10 years or more. My dearest friend, Shana, and I have known each other 28! I hear people all the time refer to a "best friend" that has been part of their life for a mere year or two - which is entirely possible. Not everyone is so lucky to find their platonic soul mate so early in life. Then there is my friend Kelly - who even though she is an entire country away - we have managed to keep in contact and be friends for over 20 years! And of course my friend Stepho who has put up with me for over 10! My friend, Nicki, is living over in Japan and thanks to our blogs I still feel so invloved in their lives. I am very lucky to have friendships to last a lifetime. I hope I can make more along the way. There is one thing that I have noticed about all the friends that I call dear. None of them are normal. Not one of you! My friend Jennifer is the closest - we'll call her my mature friend. So what does that say about me? You may all comment and plead your case, but I've got something on all of you. Maybe we are all misfits and that is why we all meld so well. I like being silly and finding the humor in everything. I make funny faces, interrupt people when they talk to mock them, and joke about my children constantly. I'm glad I have friends who can appreciate this in me and that I can see it in them as well. So if I get to know you and allow you into the inner circle of silliness that is my life, I truly hope we are always friends - even if that isn't realistic for all people. I guess that is just what friendship means to me.