Bear with a musing post please :)
Billy remarked to me the other day "I keep losing friends". I asked him what he meant and he said "like I used to be friends with x but I'm not anymore, and now I don't see y and z either". He was referring partly to how he's recently changed from Joeys to Cubs and left some of the younger kids behind, and how some kids that played Auskick last year aren't playing this year, but also to how as his interests have changed, he no longer finds things in common with some kids that he used to.
It started me musing on my friendships. I read a quote years ago that has stuck with me - "People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime". I just googled it and found out is part of a poem - you can read the entire thing here.
Are you a person who has lots of friends, or just a select few? Pete is likely to class anyone as a friend that he's known for a small period of time - especially if they have a beer together! I'm more particular - I only have a few people that I class as close friends; in fact I can count them on one hand. Two of them I've never met in real life but I'm just as close to them as my real life friends. Possibly even closer, because I tend to share more in email than face to face. My close friends are ones that I feel like I can share anything with - it might be months before we catch up but when we do its just like we were never apart. They are from all aspects of my life but with all of them there was a connection as soon as we started talking. These are my lifetime friends.
I also have about half-a-dozen people that I would class as friends, but not close friends - they're mainly other homeschooling mums because that's my social circle these days :) They're ones that I seek out when we're in the same group because I enjoy their company, we might send the odd email or have the occasional get-together outside of those activities, but there's not the same level of intimacy as with my close friends. If they moved on or we moved on, the friendship would more than likely peter out. These are my season friends, and in some cases, my reason friends.
Outside of that I have a lot of people I class as acquaintances. People I know casually, chat with when we see each other, or even people I just know by sight to smile and say hi to.
What about you? A few or lots?