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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: Graduating Friendship
By donna robinson
04/08/05


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I have known her for 29 years but it's only been in the last 6 that we have ventured into the friendship arena. I always cared deeply about her but for a long time I never felt that she really understood me or cared that much about my opinion. It wasn't as if we ever fought that much. Oh, we would have our disagreements but nothing really major.

I think I've always admired her and eventually even respected her opinion but I didn't feel we were at that place we could call ourselves friends.

Then six years ago I suddenly looked at our relationship and realized that somewhere along the line we had become friends. Not just casual friends--but friends of the heart and soul. I don't know if it happened when she first started really asking my opinion and I felt listening to my answers instead of blowing them off; or if it was when I started calling her and asking her opinion and not blowing off her answers!

It's funny how mothers and daughters take on such strange relationships in their life times. I know that I am treasuring those phone calls where she tells me my opinion is very important to her. She does remind me that it doesn't mean she will take all my advice, but she has learned to shift through it wisely. I find myself calling her when I am making a serious decision to get her intake on it. She always seems to pause and think for a moment before she replies. The answer is always worth the wait.

I never thought I could love her more but this new area, this graduating friendship, has given us a bond that is beyond words.


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Karen Deikun04/11/05
What a lovely story. How nice to see a mother and daughter who love and appreciate each other.
Carnation NS04/12/05
I always feel encouraged to see mother & daughter friendships.
Sally Hanan04/23/05
Such simple words but I can feel the impact go so deep... Nicely done.
kazza walton05/04/05
i loved your style, the gentle way you lead your reader through. On a personal level, its an encourgement to me that one day my teenager will be at that stage too...amen...many thanks for sharing...blessings kazza.