OLD FRIENDS

If you are blessed with old friends, then life has been good to you. Unfortunately most of my old friends have either moved away or passed on to a better life. I’m grateful for the friends who are still around.

When I think back over the years, certain memories are brighter than others. There are whispers and giggles in the night with those friends who brighten our days and linger on in our hearts. Friends we could tell our deepest secrets to and not worry that those secrets would spread far and wide.

Then…there are plastic friends. People we trusted and the ones who turned on us.

But wait. Did I say friends? Not so. These people are users who are discontented with their existence and can’t or don’t care to make a difference. They feed on making others unhappy so they can feel good. It’s sad to think someone goes through life that way.

Aren’t we glad 99% of the world isn’t this way?

One of my upcoming books has such a character. When the character compromises the main character’s friendship, and the only friend she has left, surrounding circumstances pitch her into a total, deep depression.

The story promises to raise the bar on how real friends recognize low self-esteem and contempt in others. Friends who stick by you no matter what you’re going through and hold dear the person you once were.

I look forward to writing this book, one that will require a lot of tears through-out the writing process. With a friendship torn apart, can hope, therapy and love, further damage or help build a stronger relationship?

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming soon.My books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Apple and Smashwords.

You can find links on my website here. http://caroldevaney.weebly.com/my-books

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About Carol

Carol falls in love with every character she writes in her books. She loves basing them on the good and the bad personalities that make up life. That's what makes them real. Carol feels as though she’s in a movie when visualizing characters and she jumps right onto the page with them. Often the theme of her books is forgiveness. Whether planned or not, forgiveness sneaks its way into her stories. That's okay, because Carol believes forgiving others is essential. She favors a great story, with slices of twists that cause her to reflect on the problems life throws at us and how we react. Carol believes in happy endings. Humor is a big part of her stories and daily routine, and yes, she laughs a lot! Travel is one of her favorite things to do. She dabbles in art, always has popcorn and hot chocolate on hand. Carol is a small-town girl at heart and her stories are peppered with a dose of humor, based on Southern roots. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family.
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16 Responses to OLD FRIENDS

  1. leighmorgan1 says:

    Having real friends who love you and care about you no matter what is a gift. One of the best gifts life gives. Wonderful post. I look forward to reading your new story…I’m sure I’ll scream out loud when the plastic friend emerges 🙂

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  2. stephaniequeen says:

    You are so brave to delve into a tear-inducing subject for your novel! I admire that.
    I’m blessed with old friends, some I see regularly and some not as much, but they’re all still there and I cherish them.
    Thanks for the post and the reminder, Carol!

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    • Carol says:

      This premise has haunted me for a while now. I figure it’s time to get it off my chest! Good friends pick up, no matter how long it’s been, as though it were yesterday. Their love remains constant. Thanks, Stephanie.

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  3. Jill James says:

    Carol, 1 in 4 people are sociopaths so the odds are that a friend/supposed friend could be one. Thankfully, most times we end up with true friends who stick by us no matter what.

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  4. monarisk says:

    I kept many friends from my grammar school. We wrote letters and visited, and now email. Yet I’m beginning to discover differences. As the years passed by, we had less and less in common, but still kept in touch, if only for good old good time’s sake.

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    • Carol says:

      I don’t have any of my school friends left. Such a blessing you do. Yes, over the years we all follow our own path. We pass into each other’s lives for a season.

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  5. E. Ayers says:

    There’s something very special about good friends, but even good friends wax and wane. But there’s nothing worse than having a “good” friend turn on you.

    Best of luck with this new story. I can’t wait to read it.

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  6. Carol says:

    E., thanks! I’m guessing a good 90% of people have had a friend, at one time or another, turn on them. Sad, but it’s part of life. We simply learn to deal. And I can’t wait to finish the story. 🙂

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  7. I have many friends from when I was school age and the best part of our friendship is that we always pick up right where we left off, no beat skipped.

    I’ve had a couple of bad apples in my time, but those have been the exception, not the rules.

    Sounds like a great premise, I look forward to the read!

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  8. susanrhughes says:

    As you get older, you figure out which friends are worth having. Good post.

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  9. Joan Reeves says:

    I’ve lost friends in the last 10 years the same way–some passed, some moved away, some just lost touch. I guess everyone has a friend now and again who turns out not to be such a good friend. Sounds as if writing the new book might be cathartic.

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    • Carol says:

      I’m sorry for the friends you’ve lost, Joan. I suppose writing the story on friendship is somewhat cathartic. I’ve always tried to restore peace, even in a friendship gone bad. At some point you have to let go.

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