This week’s JATW question comes from a homeschooling mom who is, as I’m sure many of us are, looking for some friendships that go beyond friendly acquaintance.:
I’m looking for wisdom in maintaining friendships for myself while homeschooling. What kind of schedule have other women found works best for them and their families? Over the past few years, I’ve found my friendships with other women to be dwindling, and I’ve been getting lonely. But with homeschooling during the day, napping babes in the afternoon, and trying to have family time with daddy in the evening, I’m just not sure how to fit my friends into our schedule. We’re in a bimonthly co-op and attend church, but now I feel like I have tons of happy acquaintances and no close friendsships. Any ideas for solutions?…
I do not have an answer for this week’s question, beyond my sense that real, honest-to-goodness female friendships are rather hard to come by. If you find someone who is able and willing to invest herself in you as a friend, then you should move Heaven and Earth to keep that woman in your life. And you can only do that by being just as willing to invest yourself in her life, even to the point of sacrifice. I don’t mean to sacrifice your family’s time or needs, of course, but if somebody is important to you, you’ll find a way to be there for them.
That is the extent of my “wisdom”, because I am busier than the proverbial one-legged man. (I wonder if he had any friends.) Fear not, though! Some of the other Wemmicks have got real answers right here: