Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Friday, May 30, 2008

Make believe...

I don't remember having an imaginary friend as a child. I tended to be a loner. A trait I see in my daughter now. She enjoys the company of others, but is quite happy and content in being by herself. She can entertain herself for hours, as could I at the same age. And often still do. Maybe it's because I'm an only child.

You know, I guess maybe I do have an imaginary friend... she's the one I talk things over with. She never really answers me though. I think she's the strong silent type.

"It's always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don't."
-Rabbit, Pooh's Little Instruction Book


Charles Gramlich said...

I had hundreds of imaginary playmates as a child, although I never thought of any of them as real. They were characters that I interacted with in games on the farm, where it was 6 miles to the nearest kid my age.

Akelamalu said...

There was no room in my life for an imaginary friend - my brothers demanded all my attention! :)

Leighann said...

I've always preferred to be alone, even as a child. I've never had more than a couple close friends at a time. Hoards of people skeeve me out!

My oldest daughter LOVES to be around people, doesn't matter how many, but give her a book or something quiet to do and she'll be lost with herself for hours.

Anndi said...

Charles: I had imaginary playmates... just never that friend you blame the way you blame the dog ;)

Akelamalu: My best friend growing up had brothers... ugh!

Leighann: They don't skeeve me out, but I too prefer just a few. I don't believe I can have the deep abiding friendships with enough people to incorporate a small village.

Talisman said...

I don't ever recall having an imaginary friend either. Come to think of it, I don't recall either of my older ones having imaginary friends themselves. Maybe it's cuz they are so close in age that they didn't "need" one. Who knows.

Jay said...

Hey! I didn't know that you had some other blog action on the side! But, you can't hide from me! My stalking skills are just too impressive! :-)

Desert Songbird said...

Sometimes the best friend one has is self.

Anndi said...

Tali: it's one of those mysteries of life.

Jay: what took you so long? SMOOCH!

Songbird: very wise my friend... indeed!

Ron said...

It's funny Anndi, because most people think I'm a VERY social-type person, when in fact, I'm not. I enjoy being with people in "small" dosages. I especially find large crowds of people overwhelming.

I can honestly say, that I'm completely content being with my own company. I somehow, always feel occupied.

Besides...it's gives me more time to talk to my imaginary friends!

tee, hee!

Hey...and I just noticed on your sidebar the quote from Anais Nin. WOW...so totally TRUE!

Clay Lowe said...

so this where i'll find you from now on? nice place


Anndi said...

Ron: I'm mostly the same although I manage to find a smaller group within a large crowd and I'm good.
Maybe it's a Libra trait, this being reserved (yes I am reserved mostly).
The Anais Nin quote is a daily motivator..

Clay: My darling friend. Thank you dearest. Pop in anytime. You can find me whenever you need me.