We Congregate and Loiter

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” -John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

I started my blog with WordPress and felt like I was clapping with one hand for a long time.

Oh hey, what’s up?

Then one day a friendly kindred took a chance and hit the follow button.

bla bla…music bla bla…clowns bla bla…punchline…

Then another kind soul joined us. Pretty soon I wasn’t talking to myself but I was chatting with other like minded people.

We congregate around words and loiter among pictures. And rather like it!

I became a part of a gang. Not a thugish lot more of a collection of odd balls, think high school chess club minus the steroids. What’s that? Your chess club wasn’t on the juice? Ok, forget it. Bad analogy. I’m missing the point. Refocus. Let’s try another quote, shall we?

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” -C.S. Lewis

and one more to make up for the steroids tangent:

“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” -Walt Whitman

If you’re reading this, you’re a subscriber which means you’re a friend. Thank you sweet pal!




Filed under: Thoughts on Friendship. A Suzie81 Speaks prompt.









37 replies to “We Congregate and Loiter

  1. So, we don’t get cool leather jackets? Probably just as well, summer and all.

    I love the quotes at the end, and the pics, and you!


    1. Members only jackets for Christmas Jeanette! Great idea!

      Love you too! I’m behind catching up with you, it’s been a crappy week. Will have time to follow along this weekend. Hope you’re well!


  2. Your blog is quite whimsical and wonderful – I especially love this post. Those characters are endearing. You hit the proverbial bullseye of the blogger’s heart with how you’ve expressed the unique solo journey filled with people 🙂


  3. I can pick us all out in the bottom photo, Sandra. You did a remarkable job! Our gang’s all here, what the heck do we care?!

    This perfectly captures our crowd’s spirit of good writing, good reading, good photos, good comments, a wise word, a sly thought, a wily wink, a hearty chuckle, a warm group hug whenever it’s needed. Thank you for putting it this simply and wonderfully, my friend.


    1. Thank you for your friendship Mark! I have developed a fondness for this shared experience. And a devotion that causes me to become remorseful when I am unable to keep up with everyone’s contributions. It’s been a difficult week. I should have more time tomorrow to catch up. I hope you’re well pal! Thanks for always being a friend!


  4. I’m the hippo, the hungry hungry one. And even if we play Monopoly, I call dibs on the hippo. I’m glad you’re not clapping with one hand, but I think you were probably just “air spanking” like they do at the clubs. Really you were just practicing for more complicated moves, like the sprinkler and the pencil sharpener, which our chess clubs does at random.


  5. Yes we are friends, Sandra, and I’m so happy about it!
    Even if I in periods have so much to do with other matters that I don’t have the time to interact as much. But that’s also friendship, isn’t it? To come back! 🙂


  6. Congrats on your blog, it’s always fun to read. I hope mine gets going with more followers, but having lots of fun with it. Hubby and kids are reading it and that makes me happy.


    1. As long as you are happy Dora! I started in 2009 but didn’t post regularly and even thought about abandoning the effort altogether. But I love to write so I stuck with it and just this year I’ve started making real connections with people like you. I’m glad we’ve met. Thanks for sharing your time here with me! Xoxo


  7. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” -C.S. Lewis

    Yes. I do actually read. And I read good stuff. And this post is classified as ‘good stuff’.
    (wish I had written it)


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