Writing Friends

I was perusing greeting cards the other day – searching for the perfect birthday card for our daughter. Cards have evolved, you know, over the past few years. Most are either super short,  simple and direct. Or, they are lengthy and filled with beautiful word images and sentiments.

Not much in between.file000533562176

While searching I glanced through some cards for friends. The sentiments were tender, transparent and vulnerable. The lovely, emotional language made me long to write like that. Those cards also pricked my heart with a reminder that I should show and tell my friends how much they mean to me more often than I do.

It’s nice to send them a Christmas card and birthday card. Maybe even a Valentine’s Day card. And isn’t there a National Friendship Day, and Best Friends Day or something like?

file0001286230398I’m ashamed to say that too often I let my projects, my busyness, preempt letting my friends know how much I appreciate them. I should add that to my 2013 list of “Habits to change this year” I believe.

I do enjoy buying trinkets for my friends. Things that aren’t expensive but have some meaning to the two of us, or some memory attached to them. It means a great deal to me when a friend (or family member) brings me some small thing that packs a big wallop in the memory department.

How about you and your friends? Do you ever exchange “trinkets” that show how much you appreciate each other?file50f1cecaaa422[1]

I’ll bet you’re trying to figure out where I am going with this, aren’t you? Valentine’s Day is coming upon us pretty soon.  I think it makes the perfect excuse to give a writing friend a sort of expensive gift with a treasure trove of meaning for your friendship.

How aboufile50f1cf26a73a1[1]t paying for a special writing buddy’s Registration for Write2Ignite! 2013? I can’t think of a more appropriate gift between writers.

Or, did someone’s name and face come to mind as you read this ramble? Maybe you could invite that special writing friend to share your motel room that weekend. A great chance to catch up with friends you don’t see often enough, don’t you think?

Think about it. Pray about it. Maybe God will use YOU this weekend to ignite a fire in some other writer’s heart in 2013.

BTW-many thanks to all of our Write2Ignite! friends. We really do appreciate you.

  1. Great post, Jean! Write2Ignite is the perfect getaway for writer friends!!!

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you, Linda and Vijaya.

    It’s also great to know that I have writing friends like you – friends I can depend on.

    Blessings!

    Jean

  3. Jean, thanks for this reminder to us writers who sometimes tend to spend more time with our current protagonist than we do reaching out to dear friends. Point well presented and well taken!

  4. Vijaya says:

    It is a wonderful thought! It being St. Paddy’s weekend, my writing buds are busy. But all those doggy pictures make me want to have a pair of kittens in my bed :) Nothing like a good book and a purry kitty to curl up with.

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