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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR A FRIEND?
A few weeks ago Dave took me to the airport. It was EARLY. As in obscenely early. We left the house at 4:30 am. I saw two women out jogging. Jogging! At 4:30 in the morning! It boggled my mind. Whose idea was it to jog in the dark in 45 degree weather? My suspense mind immediately started thinking of the ladies jogging down a dark street and something happening to them. I reminded myself that nothing much happens in my little town, but still. . .

There had to be a good reason to be out jogging that early but for the life of me, I can't think what would induce me to get up that early to jog. I know I need to get more exercise. I'm sitting in front of my computer for hours and hours a day. But that's extreme, don't you think? So I've been thinking about what I would do for a friend. I like to be there for my friends. I would have gone crazy if I hadn't gone with Di to the cancer center. But jogging at 4:30? That's just, well, crazy. I think right there is where I draw the line. I'll fly anywhere, drive anywhere, help in any way I can, but don't ask me to EXERCISE at 4:30 AM before I've had my coffee.

So what about you? Where is your line? Or do you have one?

P.S. Okay, I'm backtracking. If Diann needed to jog to stay well and the only time she could do it was 4:30, I might go that far. But it would have to be a REALLY good reason!

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:27 AM  
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At 8:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Trust me, the only thing that could make me jog at 4:30 in the morning is if DeBrand's had a sale that started at 5:00. ;-)

Thanks for being an awesome friend, C!

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

whew, dodged that bullet! LOL

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ha!Ha! You both crack me up!

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Fun post, Colleen. Actually, I'd get up a jog with a friend at 4:30 a.m. My college best friend and I used to walk to the gym on campus three mornings a week at 6:00 a.m. to work out.

I'd fly, drive, or do whatever if a friend needed me. I'd give money too.

Rachel

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Rachel, I'm in need of some money for my chocolate addiction . . . .

Rachel?

Rachel?

I am still your friend, right? :-)

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Depends on the friend and my frame of mind. You guys, pretty much anything...IF you really did need me. There is, however, a difference between true friends who would cover my back as quickly as I would cover theirs, and those who call themselves friends but who actually want friendship and are willing to give nothing in return.

But that's for a different blog....;-)

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I remember the night one of my best friend's husband got in trouble and we had to bail him out. I went to 3 different grocery stores to cash checks to get enough to pay the bondsman.

Then as we left the store, I was nervous - it was after midnight in L.A. suburbia. SO the store gave us a body guard out to the car. A sixteen year old kid who didn't weight more than 90 pounds, soaking wet.

To make matters worse, I had to keep up with him as he jumped over the railing. Being - uh - older, I went between the top and bottom rail ... and split my pants.

Ah, yes, the things we do for friendship.

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I think jogging period is taking friendship a little too far... personally ;)

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I always knew you were not quite right in the head, Rachel. Trust me, I'll never ask that of you! LOL You're right, Jaime. that's just twisted.

You're right, Cheryl, there are friends then their are FRIENDS that stick closer than a brother.

Ane, I can so see you doing this!

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger jel said...

WE get up at 3:00AM~ but not to go jogging, we get up at that time 5 days and some 6days a week, to go too work!

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Okay. Now you all have exhausted me. With my weird body clock, I go to bed between 2 and 4 am and sleep until noon! Have done that for years. My REAL friends know not to call before noon unless it's an emergency. Then they know they are free to call...but it had better be a genuine emergency, not just breaking a nail or Junior forgot his homework.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Uh, jogging? Are you kidding me?

Let's see...for friends I've gotten up at 3am to answer her call and then drive 45 minutes to go be with her because her cat had just died. (Of course, the cat was 15 years old and we all loved him)

I've stayed up all night long too many times to count because a friend was depressed or needed emotional support. Bringing chocolate with me, of course.

I've cooked many meals and "snuck" them into friends homes so they could give a special meal to their husband or boyfriend, etc.

Okay, and the one that really had the most importance, I took a friend's children on a weekend trip out of state because her soon-to-be-ex had gone nuts and threatened her and the kids.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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