Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

You remember the girl scout song, ” Make new friends but keep the old one is silver, and the other is gold. A circle is round it no end. That’s how long we will be friends. ” That song has been running through my head on a continuous loop for the last few weeks. I have been on so many experiences, traveling to different places, meeting new faces, and also reconnecting with some old friends. I miss the times when we could all just get together and learn from each other. You know, those times before the C pandemic hit. You know the times when if you were like me, you were just getting into the networking groove, and then bam, the whole world shuts down? Yep, those were the good old days. But if there is one thing that it has taught me is that I need to make new friends but keep the old. Today’s post is all about how I combined the two on Thursday afternoon about a month ago.

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
Gracie and I with Tiffany from The Mrs. Tee

You see, it all started when my amazing friend and probably the most supportive person I have met blogging, Tiffany from The Mrs. Tee posted on her personal Facebook page that Circa 1800 in Fayetteville was going to be opening back up for lunch, but only on certain days. She posted something like who wants to join me? I quickly commented that I would. She then sent me a message that was like tell me when, and we will book it. Things worked out that Gracie was going to be off work the following week, so I said what about the following Thursday. She was like are you sure, it is a little bit of drive for you. And I said for you I would drive that distance. And that is exactly what we did. We met Tiffany and had lunch. She asked how long was the drive, and I said a little over an hour. And she said “Awe, you drove that for me.” Of course, I would for The Mrs. Tee.

She told us the story about how her daughter kept giving her strange looks when she reacted to my answer to her Facebook post. She kept telling us she told her daughter, you don’t understand. I think it was so funny. And as an added bonus I got to meet the little man, her new addition to the family. He was a cutie for sure sitting in his highchair stealing the sweet potato waffle fries.

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings from Circa 1800

Besides having a fabulous lunch with an amazing friend, the food was amazing. I got the chicken and dumplings, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The dumplings were homemade Gnocchi I haven’t tasted Gnocchi that delicious since a birthday long ago.

We wrapped up lunch. I really enjoyed the time I get to spend with her because she is just one of the most genuine people you would ever meet.

New friends
Cassie and I at our first meeting

I knew that when I was in Fayetteville, I wanted to reconnect with one of my new friends, Cassie. So after I had made plans for lunch with Tiffany, I messaged Cassie, a few days before the trip, that we would be in town and if she was going to be around and if would she like to meet up. She of course said yes. So I told her after lunch I would text her. ( I know you are probably thinking, why didn’t you ask her to lunch as well? And I almost did but since Tiffany invited me I felt kind of funny asking her to come. I did, however, ask Tiffany if she wanted to tag along with us when we went exploring, She was going to, but she forgot she had an appointment.) So another day then.

Old North State Food Hall

So Cassie is a new friend that I actually met over social media – Instagram of all things. She is trying hard to get bloggers in North Carolina to connect with each other. I first met her back before the holidays I think. We met up at the Old North State Food Hall in Selma. We spent a couple of hours chatting about blogging, life, and more. We really hit it off so I knew that I wanted to make sure that this new friend stays.

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
Outside of Winterbloom Tea

Cassie, Gracie, and I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring downtown Fayetteville, going to antique stores.

Gracie and her Marilyn shirt

( Gracie is the only one who got anything- see the above picture of her in her Marilyn shirt) . I even got to introduce her to my favorite place in all of Fayetteville, WinterBloom Tea. We had such a fun day exploring a few places in Fayetteville that I had never been to.

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
My favorite tea from Winterbloom

In fact, I bought the stationary that I wrote my welcome note to Shari on from a store there. So a little bit of Fayetteville went with her back to the Pacific Northwest.

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

Since then Cassie has visited and explored Goldsboro with me, and we have plans to meet up again real soon.

So you see in these two encounters with some amazing friends, you find out the importance of making new friends, but keep the old. They can coexist in the same space, and you can find time to do things with all.

So tell me how do you make new friends but keep the old?

Author’s Note: The first image in this post the sign in the picture is from one of my amazing friends who will meet again soon. But here is a post that she had something to do with.

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