Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The true test of friendship

I love my friends. They are the people in my life that lift me up and keep me sane. They let me laugh (or gripe) about the day to day trials of marriage and parenting that everyone goes through. I don't know what I would do without them. In fact, I still talk to many of my friends almost daily. Most through phone calls. It sounds almost high-schoolish..... but a necessary release in my life.

And since my life is very busy, I, unlike my husband, multi-task while on the phone. I have done everything from fix supper, to working in my flower beds, burn the trash, feed the the ultimate act of phone conversation multi-tasking that can occur. Thats right.....I have even used the restroom. What can I say. It happens. You are in the middle of a conversation, the urge hits.....I mean, its not like they can see me......right? I know that a few of my friends have even shared this "priveledge" with me. I call it a priveledge because I believe that you have to be at a pretty high point on the friendship ladder for this to happen between two friends.

A few months ago, I was on the phone (at work) with Jeff. I was talking to him about Becky or who knows what...... (our conversations seem to snowball) I was at work and was doing what I do at work.......all the while operating on autopilot for the most part.......when a sound brought me back to reality. By 'reality', I mean the state where one is becomes conscious of what they are doing and where they are going, as opposed to just "going through the motions".


The sound was the toilet flushing. In that moment, Jeff propelled up the ladder from being someone that I shared an occasional phone conversation with to taking a place at the top of the "friendship ladder" with some of my closest friends, whether he wanted to go there or not. I couldn't believe what I had just done. HE couldn't believe what I had just done. I busted out laughing....... I mean really, what could I/he say at that point...???????


Anonymous said...

I have to admit I'm a bit jealous of your huge network of friends. I am not good at keeping friends because I am lazy and most other people are, too. I'm also pretty insecure and I feel like I have to monitor what I say to a lot of people- obviously not you or Chad. That takes a lot of energy!
And as for the "multi-tasking" you know I have returned the favor, so keep on doing what needs done!


The Sour Kraut said...

Just did it the other day while on the phone with my sister. I, however, wait to flush until after I hang up. : )

ExamBo said...

I am with the sour kraut on this one....I wait to flush until I hang up.

Anonymous said...

Not me, say it loud, flush it proud!