I've been thinking about this for days.....friendships are very much like trying to parallel park.
When parallel parking it may take several false starts to get into the space just right. Sometimes you get too close to the car in front of you or you back up into the car behind you or it turns out that no matter how you try, your car just doesn't fit into the space at all and you have to go down to the next street to find an empty space.
The same with friends....
Sometimes you get too close and allow too much information to pass between you so that things get uncomfortably intimate.
Sometimes one friend isn't afraid to say what he or she thinks and manages with a sharp tongue to back all over the other person. Feelings are left crumpled, not unlike front headlights.
In my experience, when either of these things happen, I take a moment and examine the friendship to see if it is worth keeping.
Sometimes, it is I who have done the backing over the feelings and it is I who need to make the necessary repairs to keep the friendship running.
It always saddens me when I come to the realization that the friendship is just never going to work. And that probably I should keep it very superficial.
Sometimes we get lucky and find friendships that are easy-going and that can withstand both the getting too close and the backing over. These friendships are like parking in a grassy field. No lines to stay between, no worrying about jumping the curb, just drive in and park. I am lucky that I have two such best, good friends in Sanna and Ginger.
So it is nothing but love for Sanna and Ginger today!