Anyway- this got me thinking- what do I collect?... not anything really that I can put on a shelf.... but I do like to collect friendships for one, if you could call it collecting...(which for the sake of this post we will) I am of the opinion that you can never have too many.
I love meeting new people, I love hearing their stories and learning their quirks and I do like to make the effort to stay in touch with people. I once heard someone say you should make time with friends not kill time with friends and I really believe that. Each friendship is precious and unique. Sure, some don't last forever but thats ok. They come and go but I can never understand people who say "I have enough friends I don't need anymore. " I say - the more the merrier! All friendships are importnat to me but they are all very different:
Like the ones you have had for years and years and you have had loads of funny and scary and risky and silly and cringworthy things happen with each other. They know all your exboyfriends and bad haircuts and they can laugh about them with you. You have cried with them (over the bad boyfriends/ bad haircuts) and they with you...you may not have as much as you use to in common but you know you could call them in the middle of the night if you need to and they would come.
Or the type of mates that share a love of a bit of craftiness and tea drinking...who are encouraging and supportive and interested in your creating and making - as you are of what they do. They are also the ones that inspire you to continue...
Or the ones who you can sit with and drool over homewares magazines for hours gushing and sighing.
Or the ones who have children the same age as you and you get together to compare notes and let the kids rumble and giggle and accidently hurt each other and not share toys etc...and you laugh together at their cuteness and how you couldn't imagine life without them... ( or moan to when you are NOT COPING)
Or the mates you met at work , that you may not have met otherwise, and you can't imagine going to work without them there. Who make it all bearable when you have a hard day and they let you vent or they giggle with you when you should be working or they go for great walks through the mud and paddocks at lunchtime and they aren't embarrased that you look like Seinfeld in skinny leg black jeans and white trainers.
Or the ones ( and this pretty much covers 95% of ours) you get together with who enjoy and appreciate very fine food, and eating it and the effort required to make it.
I also collect quotations and I am "one of those people" who carries a little black spiral bound notebook and writes funny things down and draws little sketches.
I don't know who said it as Chef wrote it in my book ( very messily I might add) and it didn't say the author :