I have always had a few close friends, not many, but
a handful whom I knew were true friends. These are the
ones who simply accepted my veganism and now always
offer me vegan food or are happy to eat at places that
serve vegan food. True enough, when I became vegan they
teased me a bit, but no worse than the sort of teasing
I dish out to them about all sorts of things. One thing
that has always been true about these close friends
is that they have nearly all been men. I don't know
why, but for some reason I have never found close female
friends -- until now, that is.
If I hadn't have become vegan, then I would never have
"met" the person who is the closest friend I have ever
had. I say "met" simply because I haven't actually met
her. There is an ocean between us. But distance really
doesn't matter when it comes to true friendship. Until
recently I had never known the joy of having a friend
with whom I could talk about anything, no matter what.
That is a very special feeling.
I am sure that friendship means different things to
different people. To me, my special friendship means
so many things. These are just a few of them: It makes
no difference whether I am happy, sad, lonely, or just
silly, my friend always knows the right things to say
to make me feel special. She also has the ability to
read my mind at times, and her likes and dislikes are
very similar to mine. She is never offended by any of
the things I say, and just accepts me as I am. I feel
that whatever I say to her, she will understand. I suppose
it helps that she is vegan, as she shares many of my
frustrations. It is just like having a friend next door
whom I have known for years. It is such fun, especially
because she makes me laugh so much. I have also discovered
that having a close female friend to talk with is actually
a wonderful thing. Having never had one before, I didn't
realise what I was missing.
It seems strange that it took the Internet to find
that special friend, and I am still somewhat amazed
that it happened. We will meet one day, and I know that
when we do it will simply cement what is already a forever
friendship. So I would like to thank VegSource, and
the Veganism board in particular, for helping me to
find this very special friend.
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