Other Kinds of Love-Part III

Friends

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Where would any of us be without them?
Yes, I admit that my relationship with J is my most important one, other than being a mother to our son, but there are friendships in my life that have gotten me through the worst times, the most frustrating times, both before I met J, and during our relationship, that I absolutely treasure. I wouldn’t feel comfortable being myself outside of my house without my friends. Heck, I wouldn’t have met J if it weren’t for the advice of a friend. And because of those people in my life, and because romance isn’t the only important relationship in anyone’s life (and if it is, that’s probably unhealthy), I try to write strong, supportive friendships outside of the main romantic relationship into all of my love stories…

Jessica and Josh and Kurtis for each other; and later…Jessica and Tina and Maria
Alan and Sam for each other; and eventually Alan and Angie in the Building Series
Matt and Sam and Liam
Wes and Sam and Alex and Alice
Grace and Jill; Amy and Lilah
Samantha and Rory; Max and Hannah…Hannah is Max’s sister, and just like the sibling groups I wrote into Growth…the two of them might bicker, and almost certainly got into some disagreements (maybe even heated ones) as kids…but they are best friends as adults
Russell and his brother and Beth’s fellow nurses in Opening Doors
Nick’s old high school friends and Henry and Colleen for Stephanie in Admission
Deanna and Paul and Jake and Zac in The Transition Piece
Bridget and Val and Jenna; and Dave and Ariela and Ayo in Storm Chasing
The intertwined relationships of Ralph and Sally and Ellen and Harry in The Same Story
Jeff and Colin; Krista and Eric and Hope in Blink

A couple of my characters would have a hard time LITERALLY surviving without their friends, and with all of them, their lives are certainly better and happier and richer because of these relationships. So here are some of my favorite songs about friendship, which is just as powerful and just as important a form of love as romance. It could be easily argued it’s MORE powerful and MORE important. Which is why all the couples I write are ALSO friends with each other; usually friends first.

Lean On Me…Bill Withers
We Are Going to be Friends…The White Stripes

I couldn’t find a lyrics video for this one, so here they are…

Fall is here
Hear the yell
Back to school
Ring the bell
Brand new shoes
Walking blues
Climb the fence
Books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Walk with me
Suzy-lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound
Here we are
No one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
Theres dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now its time to learn
We clean up and now its time to learn
Numbers, letters
Learn to spell
Rhymes and books and show and tell
Playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class
Through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
We don’t notice any time passed
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that i sound funny
But she likes the way you sing
Tonight i’ll dream
While i’m in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
‘Bout the bugs and alphabet
When i wake tomorrow i’ll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are gonna be friends

You’ve Got a Friend in Me…Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett
You’ve Got a Friend…Carole King
With a Little Help From My Friends…originally The Beatles, but the Joe Cocker cover is actually superior (I KNOW, right? But it is).
The End of the Line…The Traveling Wilburys

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