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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

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    My Mother-In-Law Says I Look Like My Sister. Which Is Funny Because We Aren't Related.

    I have no blood family to speak of. My father was abusive in many ways I won't list here. My mother (who was a cultist) dropped off the map about ten years ago and I haven't talked to her nor heard from her since. I have six half-siblings on my father's side, none of whom I like...
    Zembelle Zembelle 18-21, F Aug 20, 2013

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    Now That You Say It...

    It's true, I think u pick friends becouse they understand, care and listen to u.They are like brothers and sisters and I have my circle to prove it!
    AngelsReflection AngelsReflection 16-17, F Sep 13, 2009

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    Especially Since I Have No Real Family.

    I no longer have any relationship with my mother. My father has never really been a father, since it was always me taking care of him. My brother might as well just be a stranger on the street. My friends are what hold me together through everything. They always want the...
    immaheidi immaheidi 18-21, F Sep 13, 2009

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    Ode To Friendship.

    This is dedicated to my dear friend Weakestchimp,who has recently left EP.She was one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met on EP and in my life.She was full of compassion for others and deeply understood their pain,always there to give support,a truly lovely person...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 4 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    I Pick You!

    In certain situations we run to our families for protection, support and love of course. But there are other times that we need the other family we have. Those friends that have an uncanny way of making the clouds disappear. Somehow the misery goes by the wayside as we chat...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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    I Learned That With My Ex

    I married my Ex when living overseas. She came back to the US with me and my then family told me that they would love her as much as they did me. They rejected us within one day. My Ex, myself and our baby daughter. Their problem with her was the complexion and accent. We...
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 9, 2011

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    Friends

    I think friends are the family we pick for ourselves.  Good statement, can't really say more then that.  As they say "treat your friends like family and your family like friends", so many other sayings that say what's in our hearts.  At one point in my...
    looneylulu looneylulu 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    Family Vs. Friends

    You can pick your friends, but not your family.
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Aug 29, 2011

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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 22

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    Dark Secrets

                I feel more comfortable telling close friends my secrets or desires than telling my own family..... Friends are so enjoyable especially when you can click with them from the start..
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 28 Responses Jul 20, 2009

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    Or They Pick Us

    for no reason then they care about us even as a silly 12 year old boy to take him in to yourr house beacuse you love him as your own child even knowing both he and your dauther are very much in love with each other then allow them to be married at 13 out of love as you mow both...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Dec 18, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    All my family says Internet Friends aren't real.I call that bullshit.I have truly 3 friends, that don't turn their backs on me like the RL friends.They're all my internet friends...
    JelloCat JelloCat 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 4

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    This is where I can share everything that I can't share with my friends and family!
    arentweallcrazy arentweallcrazy 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I do believe you can have true friends. I think you are less inhibited online . As such you open yourself up to being accepted as you are. When accepted and understood, this is...
    kathf kathf 41-45, F Mar 21

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    I love the Internet, so many good things can happen. But also many bad things could happen. When I was super into Facebook, I met some of my best friends. And I actually got in a...
    universegirl101 universegirl101 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 7

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    My EP friends are Loveislove12, pompeaj, Anastas17, DawnR59 and xMayesx. :) And my extra special friend is poeticnightmare. I am glad I joined this place. (I'll add more...
    RainbowMind RainbowMind 16-17, T 4 Responses a week ago

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    I agree. Good friends are rare. Very hard to find. There is this one friend I know though that is simply amazing and never fails me or anyone else, always shows me constant love...
    bubble83 bubble83 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    This works for me well. I have some online friends I met at another site. Our friendships are working very well. We share a lot of things. I have long conversations on some. It's...
    RedThatDescribesMe RedThatDescribesMe 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 16

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    Internet friends are the most real friends you are going to get, they are behind metal screens. They have no reason to lie about themselves or to lie to you. If you find someone...
    TakeAPicture TakeAPicture 16-17, T 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    i feel that internet friends are the ones you can make a bond with the most because most of them aren't dicks lol the limitations do suck though of being or having an internet...
    irvinothebunnybandido irvinothebunnybandido 16-17, M 1 Response Mar 1

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    I have friendships that have lasted longer than 10 years and most of them I have only known from the Internet. We have lived through and supported each other through tragedies...
    Th3Nothing Th3Nothing 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    i love all my ep friends.....my close friends are the open minded kind :)
    fireeyesofthephoenix fireeyesofthephoenix 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 12

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    They are very real, I have a friend in Kansas and England that I met on POGO, our friendships are very real. My friend in Kansas lost her husband last April and I just lost mine in...
    Grannygoosie Grannygoosie 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 15

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    I don't have any recent online friend stories but I enjoy the ones I had a while back. Whenever I felt alone or sad I could log on and be with people who enjoyed my existence. And...
    PikaMuffin PikaMuffin 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I Am Starting To Think Republicans Are Actually Evil If you want to understand the Republicans, you need to understand two things. They are terrified that the world as they once...
    bryflayz bryflayz 51-55 Mar 5

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    Yes, I am a girl and I think women are beautiful.
    AnnaJackson12345 AnnaJackson12345 13-15, F 6 Responses Mar 14

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    Dont Understand Why People Think Pitbulls Are Bad Dogs
    goodnites25 goodnites25 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Dont Understand Why People Think Pitbulls Are Bad Dogs
    goodnites25 goodnites25 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I think people are way too sensitive sometimes.
    churchdadatnight churchdadatnight 18-21, F 23 hrs ago

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    ...Him. I want to go back to being in denial! Here's some BG info 1st (please don't judge) I am 19, graduated from highschool as an honour student and am currently attending uni...
    Alienatic Alienatic 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    i have friends all color i love people for them not the color when do we stop looking at color if you want to be my friend treat me like you want to be treated if i see a man i...
    lisaheavy lisaheavy 51-55, F 7 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    My family isn't much of a family, so I cherish my closest friends. I cherish them, but I don't trust them.
    CloseButNoGuitar CloseButNoGuitar 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 1

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    Don't get me wrong, I support interracial relationships and I think men of all erhnities are beautiful and awesome but I don't think it's for me.Lol I assume Conner or John Smith...
    bridgeoverwater bridgeoverwater 31-35, F Mar 7

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    Shortly after I left my marriage of 13 years. I was looking for someone to talk too out of loneliness. So I joined a dating site. I received a message that caught my attention as...
    snowberry75 snowberry75 36-40, F 15 Responses Mar 14

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    • Only Amazing Times When With Great People(: I Honestly Had A Wonderful Time With You Guys:) I'm Looking Fourth To Seeing You Guys Again,I Honestly Had The Best Time Of My...
    elna3573 elna3573 13-15, F Mar 15

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    I always believe that I am blessed with wonderful family and friends. So, when I'm really down and get depressed because on the other hand, I have a really bad luck in love life, I...
    GladToBeMe GladToBeMe 26-30, F Mar 16

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    I have a big family cause I have so many friends
    dtrain34 dtrain34 16-17, M Mar 16

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    Especially to boys. The father-son relationship is especially important. It can make or break a man. For young boys, a father teaches you how to be strong, wise, well adjusted and...
    JohnVBlackburn JohnVBlackburn 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 11

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    They are my friends? Don't make me laugh. I just don't want to know that i have none.
    Juri0902 Juri0902 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    When you know it's hard when you have to hide them When your parents don't like them When in the bak of your mind there i something screaming at you to my be their friend But you...
    Jusjellybean Jusjellybean 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 13

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    I find the fact that today’s society finds it perfectly acceptable to judge a person based on appearance alone, or that the media would have us believe that in order to be...
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M Mar 17

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    They are the most important persons in my life. I would be nothing without them. I love them all and god bless them all.
    JennyG16 JennyG16 13-15, F 6 days ago

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