Saturday, April 14, 2012
The past couple of months that I was not blogging had me texting instead. My three best friends from college and I have become addicted to our i**Phones, Emoji*Icons and each other.
On a daily basis we text.
Not just about important things, but about random things. Unimportant things. Girly things. Naughty things. Funny things. Life changing things. Spiritual things. Shopping things. Sad things. Pictures of things. Life things.
I am addicted!!
We don't really go at it as much on the weekends but during the week we have found a rhythm that works for us. Most of the time. This past week we got a little wonky and had to say WHOA, then laugh at ourselves once we realized that one of us (not me, thank goodness!!!) was PMSing pretty badly and shouldn't have been talking to ANYone much less texting when inflection and tone can easily be misunderstood on a good day much less one where a girl's emotional state can turn faster than Texas mosquito can suck your blood.
We told her to chill. Nicely.
I have been blessed with great friendships. I've said that on here before and I certainly do not mean to brag or boast in myself about that. Each place we've lived I've been able to make great friends. They are all dear to me. I've done a talk for a mom's group a couple of years ago about my friendships.
I cherish them each.
All my friendships are from different churches where we have served or are from that time. I have always had at least one friend who did not attend the church where we were serving at the time. A minister's wife needs that kind of relationship outside the walls of the church where her husband is on staff.
My three college BFFs, well, they have known me since I was 18 years old. A few years before I met PandaPop. We have history. I love it. Now that we are growing older when have so much to share!!! We call our texting The Textcapades.
Yes. It's a play on words. On purpose.
I told you, we leave nothing out.
The Emoji**Icons we use from the app we downloaded to our phones has given us a whole new language. Between the creative use of those icons and mistyped words or overlapping posts I know I have fallen over laughing, cried from laughing or had to go straight to the little girls' room......from hard laughing.
We have three different icons for that....at three levels. One is for rolling on the floor laughing, next is for laughing so hard you are crying, the ultimate is a pic of a stick person crawling on the floor which is reserved for laughing so hard that you are crawling to the bathroom because you've wet yourself.
I know. Girls.
We send pictures, too. That's fun.
I love seeing these girls in everyday living color. We are able to see the good, the bad, the ugly and the real life play out. We are very open and honest and are not pretentious in any way, because we do know each other from before adult life really hit hard.
Wrinkles and sagging body parts are a little easier to handle when you share the plight with someone you think of as beautiful. They make me feel beautiful, too.
We do not see eye-to-eye on everything, however. We have to agree to disagree on some things and move on. It would be boring if we all just laughed and agreed on everything. We need that diversity among us. We do all love the Lord, though so in that way we are united.
I feel so blessed to have had them be a part of my daily life in the past few months because I have seriously struggled with some deep issues. I've been in counseling since last May. I am not ashamed to say that. I fought going to counseling for so very long, that I am amazed that I've come this far in my life without falling completely apart.
I'm not at liberty yet to expound on exactly why I have been in counseling, but I will someday. God has allowed my life story to come to the point it is today for a reason. We all have a story to tell. I would love to hear yours. How God has woven people and circumstances through your tapestry to make you who you are.
I am just now, really, really finding who I am.
What in the world do all these duck pictures have to do with texting and counseling?
My daily life has become so incredibly random, wonky, out of sorts, unorganized, crazy, whacked out that I am now about to start some medication for adult ADD. I have done three different surveys on seeing how ADD I might be. Let's say on the best one.....I was 22 out of 26 characteristics. Now that can be misleading because some of my actions can be compensating for something else which I will delve into at another time.
Doc says to work on one thing at a time. We are starting with ADD.
I am only sharing this in hopes of helping someone else that might think counseling, good friends or medication isn't for them. I believe God is working through all of those venues to help me become the PandaMom He created me to be.
All 41 years of my life have been for the making of whom I am today. This very day. All the great moments and all the crap. It all plays a part. Just like it does in your life.
I so wish I could sit down with every single one of you and listen to your life story and how things have come in to factor who you are and why you do the things you do.
I would love it. Wouldn't you just love that???