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VIPs – To Who?

on January 14, 2016

I went to a toddler’s birthday party yesterday and there was a mum there that I recognised. That’s a bit of an understatement really. I know her name. I went to school with her. She was the first person I met when I transferred schools mid-year. And she probably has no idea who I am?

And it got me to wondering about who is important to me and who would consider me important to them.

When I was younger I used to keep a weekly list of my ten best friends  (goodness, how pathetic!) and I’d rank my friends. Honestly, I do not do this anymore, but if I were to think of the first people I’d call in an emergency, that I want to spend with or that I’d want to involve in my Operation Yummy Mummy Social Time, how many of them would put me there?

I don’t think that many.

If we automatically take out my mum, husband and children, maybe 2 of the ten would likely put me in their top ten, too.

I guess this has always bothered me; believing that I value someone more than they value me. But it doesn’t really matter, does it? As long as I have people I value and that I can depend on, surely it’s of no matter if anyone depends on me.

So that mum who doesn’t have any idea who I am, played a relatively important role in my school years (enough for me to remember her whole name) and the friend who sees me as simply a friend, not a best friend, well, I know what a pivotal role they have played for me.

Perhaps there’s someone out there who I have no recollection of that considers me an important part of their past.

~ P

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