The last couple of days unnecessary drama got me to thinking ... my mind drifted way back to the early Internet days. Back before Facebook and MySpace, when AOL was king and people filled your inbox with chain mail. I disliked most of it. Most of the chain mail was annoying, but I did save two. One was a piece about snow and the other was about friends. I decided that now is a good time to post it, because, even though most of us are separated by many miles, it is what TycoDepot is supposed to be all about.
There is a difference between being an acquaintance and being a friend. An acquaintance is someone whose name you know, who you see every now and then, who you probably have something in common with and who you feel comfortable around.
It's a person that you can invite to your home and share things with. But they are people who you don't share your life with, whose actions sometimes you don't understand because you don't know enough about them.
On the other hand, a friend is someone you love. Not that you are "in love" with them, but you care about them and you think about them when they are not there. The people you are reminded of when you see something they might like, and you know this because you know them so well. They are the people whose pictures you have and whose faces are in your head regardless.
Friends are the people you feel safe around because you know they care about you. They call just to see how you are doing, because a friend doesn't need an excuse. They tell you the truth, the first time, and you do the same. You know that if you have a problem, they are there to listen.
Friends are the people who won't laugh at you or hurt you, and if they do hurt you they try hard to make it up to you. They are the people you love, regardless of whether you realize it.
Friends are the people you cried with when you got rejected from colleges and during the last song at the prom and at graduation. They are the people that when you hug them, you don't think about how long to hug and who's going to be the first one to let go.
Maybe they are the people that hold the rings at your wedding, or maybe they are the people who give you away at your wedding, or maybe they are the people you marry. Maybe they are the people who cry at your wedding because they are happy or because they are proud.
They are the people who stop you from making mistakes and help you when you do. They are are the people whose hand you can hold, or you can hug or give them a kiss and not have it be awkward because they understand the things you do and they love you for them.
They stick with you and stand by you. They hold your hand. They watch you live and you watch them live and you learn from them. Your life is not the same without them.
rbturner: 50° here. We can see the driveway again.
Feb 27, 2021 12:59:36 GMT -5
umpdan31: I don't know how it was in other parts of the country, but March sure came in like a lion yesterday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph. I saw a flock of geese overhead flying backwards.
Mar 2, 2021 18:28:37 GMT -5
newbieho: So...why were you going backwards when you saw the flock of geese flying overhead?
Mar 2, 2021 22:14:58 GMT -5
umpdan31: Not me, the geese, silly.
Mar 3, 2021 9:47:30 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: 70s and sunny here today. Texas.
Mar 3, 2021 10:18:42 GMT -5
rbturner: 44°here today and beautiful. I saw no geese; forward or backward.
Mar 3, 2021 11:08:17 GMT -5
Bull: I got goosed, if that counts!
Mar 3, 2021 15:32:12 GMT -5
newbieho: Dan, the geese saw you go backwards when they were flying???
Mar 3, 2021 18:05:37 GMT -5
mph: I just got home from work and have been dealing with ducks - as in ducking from flying objects.
Mar 3, 2021 19:33:29 GMT -5
rbturner: What you need to try Mark is some hand-to-hand combat with her.
Mar 3, 2021 20:25:54 GMT -5
mph: Randy, that's not a good idea. She put me in the hospital with her fist once. It was before we were married so she tells everyone that she knocked some sense into me.
Mar 3, 2021 20:43:15 GMT -5
umpdan31: I'm not even going to ask, Mark
Mar 3, 2021 21:23:28 GMT -5
mph: I'm not sharing here. That is one of two stories I only tell in person so I can see the look on people's faces. Interestingly enough, the other story also involves my wife and a hospital.
Mar 3, 2021 21:36:21 GMT -5
newbieho: You know, Mark, you should have paid attention during those unarmed combat sessions....
Mar 3, 2021 22:25:17 GMT -5
rbturner: I have a scar between my eyes from my wife trying to be funny.
Mar 4, 2021 9:18:36 GMT -5
newbieho: LOL, Randy! I mean....it is not funny...but it is. Yeah, NewbieHO - master of ironies, not irons.
Mar 4, 2021 10:52:06 GMT -5
The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: Sounds like we need a marriage and interpersonal relations thread somewhere. I congratulate all who are still standing!
Mar 4, 2021 15:06:54 GMT -5
umpdan31: "Dearly beloved, we have come together to celebrate this thing called life." Prince
Mar 5, 2021 17:12:16 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: That eerie feeling when you may have, for the second time, bought an item from a seller who turns out to be incapacitated
Mar 6, 2021 3:46:10 GMT -5