Friends are awesome. Wow, there's a banal statement for you. But, it's true--kind of like "All You Need is Love" sounds like an oversimplification, but it's true. What they don't tell you (and don't ask me, "Who's they, because I have no idea) is that love is really, really, really hard. It's not all rainbows and unicorns and free beer, it's a lot of patience and understanding and intense pain--and those are the good parts. But, I digress, I am on my current soapbox to talk about friends.
There was a time in my life where I had no friends. It was just me and the hubby and the 2.3, and we had vague interactions with people, but no friends. Now that seems odd, but at the time it was perfectly normal. Then the 2.3 left the nest, and the hubby kicked me out of the nest and I really wasn't (am still not) in the market for another hubby or 2.3 and in stepped my friends. It was like discovering a brownie with ice cream and hot fudge sauce for the first time. Emotionally orgastic.
I have some of the same friends I had then and some new ones now. That is the nature of friendship, especially in the theatre community where people are constantly pulling a Kaiser Sosze, and I'm sure I didn't spell that right. When I was in college I had theatre friends and my mother and sister couldn't stand them. They thought they were always gushing how much they loved each other and reeked of phoniness. Well, here's the thing--that's not phoniness, that's truth. We DO love each other, in a deep-down, I'm-there-for-you kind of a way. And we know that it feels good for your friends to say, "love you". We don't give a shit what people think of us. . . .we're actors, people are always going to think we're weird. And people are right.
But my friends are awesomer than yours.