Circle of Friends – Week 2 special friends

Circle of Friends may 2016


Welcome to week two of Circle of Friends here at Soul Gifts – Telling Tales.

 In Australia, today is Mother’s Day.  If you are celebrating it with us Aussies  – have a wonderful,  love and joy filled day. This week , however,  I want to broaden the theme beyond mothers to close friends. Of any kind – feathered, furred, finned or human.

Whatever your personal circumstances may be, take a moment or two to reflect on that close someone. Who belongs in that inner sanctum in your life?  It may be your mother. For some people mothers are really special close friends. My mother was loving, warm and caring. I loved her deeply and she holds a place in my heart that belongs only to her.  But my relationship with her never fell into that ‘close’ category that I see in some mother/daughter relationships. And that’s OK. I’m not at all sure that I would have wanted it any other way.

Friendships can be truly special.  Some families have that magical friendship thing happening that seems to extend beyond normal family boundaries. Some families do not. In yet others circumstances or tragedy has robbed the closeness, replacing it with bitterness or complete breakdown. I have come across people who have no family to speak of. I remember meeting a person once who was an only child. Both parents were dead. There were no other living relatives. Left incredibly lonely and sad and they did not have the wherewithal to create any new friendship networks.  It can get very murky and muddy.  Unique people do  lob in it seems by sheer happenstance sometimes, becoming so close they might just as well be called ‘family’. In fact, they can become closer than blood kin. You’ve probably heard that saying  “You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.” Let’s dive deeper into close friendships this week.

Who is your closest friend? Is there one or more?  It may be someone from childhood. It may be your faithful four legged friend.  Is it someone who has come into your life recently yet feels like you have known each other forever? What is it about them that makes them so special? What senses (sight, sound, smell, feel) do they evoke in you? What memories do you share? What form does your special relationship take? Do you bare your heart and soul to each other, warts and all? Do you laugh, cry, celebrate life together? How often do you catch up with each other? Is it in person, by phone, through social media? Is it someone you  rarely connect with, yet each time you do, you pick up as if it were only yesterday? Is it someone who has passed through your life yet the memories retain a closeness?


Looking for inspiration? Check these out – I couldn’t choose between them, so here they all are:

Noah’s Ark

Bath time

Help Me


New to THE  CIRCLE of FRIENDS month of May here at Soul Gifts – Telling Tales ?

Join in! There’s always room for more.

Here’s how it works. Every Sunday of May I will publish a CIRCLE of FRIENDS topic for the week. You are invited to interpret it in any way you like – a story, a poem, a photograph, a quote, a recipe… there is no limit to how friendships are described, made, nurtured and rekindled. Post your contribution to your own blog with a link to the Circle of Friends.  Every Saturday I will magically pull it all together into a post so everyone can enjoy what has been shared.

This was Week One.

Not a blogger? Doesn’t matter! You can still take part by emailing me at , commenting at the end of the post , on LinkedIn  or my  Facebook page.

Take part in as many or as few as you like. The topics I suggest are just that – suggestions. You may have something else in mind entirely. That’s fine too.  Or you may want to visit week 1 in week 4. That’s OK too.


© Raili Tanska

26 thoughts on “Circle of Friends – Week 2 special friends

      1. Can tell you right now it will be those friends who know enough to blackmail me!!! LOL The ones who would end up in the jail cell next door to mine! 😀

  1. I have so many lovely friends, childhood and otherwise, but moving around a lot and now to the UAE has created a gap. We chat on BBM and online but it’s just never the same thing.

  2. Another thought provoking question Raili. I like to think that the relationship between myself and my daughter, is better than the 1 I have with my own mother. I confess that I haven’t got round to answering week 1, but have had plenty to think about. Blessings Joy

    1. Thanks Kay, I have posted the nutshell for wk 2 – do you mind if I add this to wk 3 ? Otherwise those who have already read it, will miss out on your post.

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