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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

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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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    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 22-25, F Aug 20, 2013

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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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    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 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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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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    Family Vs. Friends

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    isn't this the truth, just when you think you have a best friend they stab you in the back. or they talk you into doing something you know is wrong and you shouldn't do it. but you...
    JTurner2002 JTurner2002 13-15, F 39 mins ago

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    We went to a nice restaurant in a 5* hotel yesterday with our children. I like to do it from time to time as they are very well mannered and it is an important lesson for them how...
    husbandanddad husbandanddad 36-40, M 3 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    They are some of the bestest friends I have ever had. I can tell them anything and they would completely understand, and if it was something bad they would try to help any way they...
    lilykitten1998 lilykitten1998 16-17, F 3 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I hate when anyone thinks that they're always right even when presented with evidence stating otherwise.
    PendulEmPlum PendulEmPlum 18-21, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    My real life friends are ok, but my Internet's understand me better... and don't judge me. I don't judge them either... I feel I understand them better and they understand me...
    Alexconers Alexconers 18-21 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I really do believe this. I personally don't have any but the love of my life ... I met him on the Internet so there's no doubt in my mind that there's a possibility I could meet a...
    MickxLove MickxLove 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    i tend to need n want fuller direct attention and for them to show others that interrupt or hijack our convo and time ..that they are there talking wit me right now so others must...
    cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle 36-40, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I never really had a lot of friends in my life. I've met a lot of people. I'm familiar with a lot of faces. But the only people I've ever connected with are those who feel, like me...
    LavenderDarling LavenderDarling 26-30, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I really good friends are rare to find and I want some friends who like the experiences that I like
    Anthony2400 Anthony2400 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    My 2 best friends are the main reason I'm staying strong. I was always happy and funny 24/7 and that's been pretty hard lately. Talking just took too much effort, so I eventually...
    Chloe813 Chloe813 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Had the best experience at my nieces first birthday in Maryland!Now the struggle for going back to Va is strong!! And toxic!!! Gotta get cleaned and aunty has to hold her niece for...
    PhransinBelvonte PhransinBelvonte 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    i love how internet friends are better then real life friends....
    Chelle14 Chelle14 18-21, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    I bet a lesbian would be a real good wing man to help a guy pick up a girl
    dgvb2448 dgvb2448 26-30, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have had so many bad experiences with friends, that I no longer trust people. I try to pleasant with everyone, but I do not let anyone get close to me. I do not call someone a...
    SoftCandle SoftCandle 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Real friends isn't easy to find. I truly believe in that. At first I have to take risk just to know if they might be sort of trustworthy people. I had encountered many and at the...
    Renciela Renciela 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Having friends in real life does not always mean you can talk to them just about anything. When someone comes over to you and asks if you are okay, you feel even worse deep inside...
    vonengel96 vonengel96 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I love my friends right now to death. BUT they are annoying as hell right now to me. We were gonna have a movie night but nobody knew what to watch. I suggest John Wick. They all...
    Wallybaby Wallybaby 22-25, F Feb 2

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    My son with his little Puma kitten
    MyFunnyFamily MyFunnyFamily 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 1

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    I used to have a dog named jasper, we rescued him from a gas station when he was a puppy, me and my sister snuck him home and had to cry to convince my dad to let us keep him. He...
    polylove0210 polylove0210 18-21, F Jan 31

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    I think eyes are one of most sexual organs. to look into someone eyes and feel a connection is a serious turn on for me. I like when u know someone well enough to look at their...
    looking4chemistry looking4chemistry 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 30

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    Yes i do believe internet friends are real. I would not like to think otherwise. I mean I know there are fake profiles and trolls, but I mean really connecting with people who...
    MourningDove7 MourningDove7 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 30

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    I'd like to believe that internet friends are real, but I've had too many experiences in the past and present that have made me question the validity of them. I know there is a...
    Clairnite Clairnite 22-25, F 26 Responses Jan 30

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    Yes, I am happy(comfortable is a better word) being naked(nude) with friends & family as is every one in my family. Everyone in my family loves spending quality nude time together...
    theswordinthestone theswordinthestone 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 30

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    At 9:45am i attend work and deal with teasing. They would talk bad about my facial features to friends. Many would blatantly look at me and laugh for a good minute with their...
    DeadlyArsenic DeadlyArsenic 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    Lessons learned. Do not ride your bike to your introduction meeting when looking to adopt a dog. I didn't even give it a second thought, as i rode up to the little park where you...
    jackfrost09 jackfrost09 46-50, M Jan 29

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    "Internet friends are real": I must qualify my agreement to this statement. First, I don't do Facebook; so I'm not referring to "Facebook friends". Facebook is too cluttered and...
    vonKrankenmensch vonKrankenmensch 26-30, M Jan 27

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    My internet friends are the best support system for me. When I need someone, they are always there.
    randompanda18 randompanda18 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    At least I hope they are. Lol Seriously though, what is a friend? A friend is someone that we can rely on, talk to, be supportive in a time of need, and have a good time with. So...
    aldnaz aldnaz 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 25

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    Yup. That's my neighbor. Knew her since o was three. She's basically a sister from another mister for me... Love her to death. One thing that makes our friendship so strong is...
    marebare303 marebare303 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    I love dogs. My dog died. I think dogs are pretty amazing
    Anthony2400 Anthony2400 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 24

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    Personally I think kids are growing up to fast. And I don't just say that because my daughter is back in diapers. I'm guilty of it as well. I often focus to much on impressing...
    Northwoodsdad Northwoodsdad 26-30, M Jan 24

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