WW #106: What Makes a Good Friend GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone. Good friends, so the saying goes, are hard to come by. A friend of my mother once advised that if by the end of a lifetime you can count on the fingers of one hand how many friends you had made across a lifetime, you were blessed indeed. As a child, I thought five friends seemed like a dismally small amount. Now, I appreciate how rare a true friend is and although I often try to deny it, I pretty much agree with my mother’s friend’s view all those years ago.

We often meet friends though other friends. Through my close French friends made during my year in France after college, I met Ana (their cousin) a few years ago. We sat next to each other during a long family lunch and she told me she had just began dating a special guy. Scared of making the jump into marriage, Ana took her time. She came to the U.S. to get a masters degree in law, keeping the relationship alive long-distance. Eventually, Ana took the plunge and wed her love Ruggero in a wonderful wedding ceremony in the French countryside, which we were honored to attend. She now lives a happy albeit busy life with husband Ruggero and son Eduardo.

Although Ana is a newer friend and I don’t see her that often, I consider her a true friend. She makes an effort to stay in touch, cares deeply about others, and prioritizes friendships. I consider her a true friend although really we’ve just began to get to know each other.

true friends are never apart. maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Of all the important qualities of good friends, effort is one people speak less about, but in fact it takes effort to remain friends, especially once children have come into the picture. How easy is it to NOT make that phone call, let alone that trip, to spend time together and keep the friendship alive. Friendships have to grow to stay alive, and it’s only through sharing stories and ideally spending time that you can do that.

Last weekend Ana and Ruggero took the trip to come in see us while we were skiing her in France, and we spent a lovely two days together sharing stories, laughing and just spending time together. I felt so grateful.true friendTell me about a true friend you have below, and make sure to enter our weekly giveaway.


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  • Enri Real

    Looking forward to giveaway announcement!

  • pfaftle

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the chance

  • shellypeterson

    I am so happy you got the time to spend with your friend, those are special times to cherish for sure.

    • Thank you, Shelly! It was very special!

  • SwiftSilence98

    Thanks for the giveaway ^^

  • Natalie

    I love that friendship quote. True friends are friends for life.

  • Tiff

    What a beautiful picture, as for friends it is quality that is important not quantity.

  • Kim Brandt

    Making time for what’s important is what it is all about.

  • Gabrielly Margutti

    I love that quote.

  • shannon fowler

    I’ve had to move a lot recently. I consider my good friends the ones who find ways to stay in touch even though we don’t get to see each other often.

    • Glad you have those types of friends – rare to come by!

  • cynthiac

    I cherish my friends and we make sure to get together regularly.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    Good, true friends are hard to find.

  • Bloodymax

    What a nice quote 🙂

  • Betsy Barnes

    I have a really good friend for many, many years. Although we do not see each other much, we do keep in touch and know that we’re always there for each other.

    • Love that! Thanks for sharing, Betsy!

  • Brooke Lorren

    I have to get lucky to make a really good friend. My really good friends live in other states. It would be nice to have a really good friend that lived close by. I had lived in the last state I lived in for probably about 5 years before I met her… maybe it will take that long here.

    • Good friends are definitely hard to come by… it’s important to not take the ones you have for granted – that’s for sure!

  • Tiffany C

    A good friend is one that loves who you are, will pull through for you in tough times, is understanding and supportive.

  • rosannepm

    I often wished I had worked out more when I was raising my 4 children so I would not be in the condition I am now. This is a good way to do it from the time the baby is born Rosanne

  • slehan

    My best friend lives near me so I see her often.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • Katy

    My BFF and I have known each other for over ten years, but have just become close over the last four. Our friendship is so important to my well-being. She’s a total lifesaver (and hilarious, too)!

    • She sounds amazing! Good friends are hard to come by!

  • I thought this was a group.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I loved the videos and all of the tips and pointers. I enjoy your fine blog, and I would like to thank you for giving us this chance to win the giveaway today.

    • Thanks, Jerry! Appreciate you saying that!