Over at The Internet Cafe, blogging women can participate in a weekly meme, so I thought I would give it a stab this week.  Yes, I had to look “meme” up in the dictionary, and for those of you who will admit that you don’t know what it means either, Webster’s says “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.”  Now, that’s settled.  Moving on.

This week’s topic is:

What is one thing that you absolutely love about friendships? Why? On the other side, what is one thing that you find absolutely difficult when it comes to friendships? Why?

I have so many different kinds of friends … childhood friends, college friends, work friends, church friends, life-long friends, and so many others.  One of the great things in my life has been meeting so many different kinds of people who each have their own experiences and interests, and learning from one another.

Ann-Marie is one of my closest friends.  We have known each other for fourteen years.  Although we no longer live in the same city, we can pick up the phone, send an e-mail, or take a road trip, and it’s as if we were never apart!  Time and distance have not altered how much we enjoy each other.

I still spend one morning a year with the first friend I made in kindergarden.  Even though we live over 2,000 miles from each other, we can still e-mail and text about our favorite television shows, and see one another at Christmas.

One of the hardest parts of friendship is knowing that some are just for a season.  During the time we spent at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, we said goodbye to many dear friends.  Some of these folks we will see again, some we may not.  We were blessed by all of them.

So, what about you?  What are some ways that friendships have blessed your life?  If you blog, why not take up the meme?  If not, feel free to leave a comment!