Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Old Friends & New

I've been thinking lately about how easy it is to become lazy in maintaining friendships. Particularly with friends that you have had for a long time, and that dependency, or constancy, can sort of fall into taking them for granted, you know? Also as many of my friends have started having their own families, or their own relationships, it's natural that their time and attention becomes focussed on those aspects of their lives.

I was feeling like I hadn't really been doing much lately to put active attention into some of these long term friendships of mine. I'd become sort of passive about catching up with people, enjoying seeing them when things were organised but not being active about it. It's easy to let time drift by without seeing each other.

So I thought it would be nice to have a large pinic on the holiday Monday yesterday, something that could accommodate friends with kids, friends without, friends with dogs, good food and drink, and a serious amount of lying around. Yesterday was a beautiful summery day in Sydney, although the only downside was the warm blustery wind that was whipping up a bit of a hay fever storm.

As it turns out it was also a great opportunity for Mikey (the lovely ex) to introduce his new boyfriend Evan to our circle of friends, and for us to meet a bunch of Evan's friends. It was a great afternoon with around 20 or so of us in total and all of my plans for eating, drinking and laying around were achieved. Yay! Yay for lying around with a full belly! In the late afternoon around 10 of us retired to the pub, both old friends and new, and then had a lovely Thai dinner under the stars while the heat of the afternoon mellowed into a mild evening.

By the time I got home around 8.30pm I was so knackered that I went to bed around 9 o'clock, having had a really great day.

10 comments:

Jodie Sorrell said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day, sorry I couldn't make it. Maybe next time ehh?

mrpeenee said...

I'm totally jealous of what sounds like a wonderful time. Good for you, sweetie.

The Other Andrew said...

Absolutely! I'll let you know with plenty of warning next time. :)

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks MrP!

thombeau said...

Sounds fabulous! Good for you guys!

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Thombeau. It was really nice to spend time my old friends, and to see these friends and new friends getting along. I met some really nice new people too, Evan's friends were all lovely - which really is no surprise.

Ur-spo said...

knackered? that is my new word of the day; i hope i use it in the right context though.

The Other Andrew said...

I sometimes forget that Oz and the US are two countries divided by a common language but a different vernacular... :) If you use it to mean tired, then you're on the right track!

DV said...

sorry I missed it, I blame munchkins naptimes and my hangover and Daen returning from his 3day desertion of me :)
I'm sure the email addy I have for you is wrong, so...bbq, my house, this saturday, 2pm..do ya good

Mikey (TLE) said...

It was a lovely weekend and the picnic was a lovely way to end it. Evan's friends are all lovely, I agree. DV, very slack of you not to turn up!