The Morning Dawdler: Questions for you to answer in your own time over your favourite cuppa.

It’s easier to make friends when you’re young. There are fewer years of personal history to cover.

Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is?

The only people I really meet are online. I’m not sure, even if there was a choice, whether or not I would be out and about making “new” friends. Serious adult friend-making takes time. Years, usually. You can’t hurry it. The older you get, the more backstory you’ve both got. It takes more time for people to share their history and experiences. There’s a lot of talking to be done.

I’m not sure I have enough time to invest especially since it doesn’t always work out. Relationships don’t always blossom. Sometimes, they fall flat and you end up with nothing to show for your efforts.

Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person?

I try to write genuine responses. If all I’ve got to work with and no history so I don’t know anything about the commenter, I will at least offer a sincere thank you.

If tomatoes are botanically considered a fruit because of the seeds within, does the same apply to cucumbers?

Yes. Cucumbers are also a fruit. It turns out that anything that contains the seeds of the plant is a fruit, not a vegetable. This includes all kinds of squash, peppers, eggplant, avocados and pumpkins.

What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

I have no idea. Mice to mouse? Nope, that’s four to five. No idea.

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13 replies

  1. I liked your answers Marilyn – received well and with thanks too 🙂

    Mice to mouse was excellent, wrong, but l thoutght it was wonderful by itself. Lois has it right even if early in the day for trickery .

    I thought your answer to the first question was spot on, l sometimes wonder if as we age we have the time to bother with making new deeper friendships on account of it taking so long to nurture so we then settle for shorter and more casual moments.

    I have also found that with some answers, thatif there isn’t anything to bite into it makes leaving a worthwhile response harder.


    • Thank you very much.

      Making friends has become a non-issue. People our age are so fragile and we have lost so many of them — two just last week. I will love to the end of our lives the friends we have, but I’m not looking to start new ones. I simply don’t have the time or resources to make the investment.

      What WAS the answer to the “five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it”?

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  2. You can certainly lose good friends when you move away, sometimes it feels you were disloyal moving on when they haven’t!


  3. I found making friends easier as an adult than as a child.


    • Adult, yes, but very senior persons? First, there are fewer people around who share your history, especially in a small town. We had friends. Three friends. They died. All of them, one after the other. We have other friends in other places, though none of them really local. I tried making friends with a couple of people, but they either moved away — this climate and its cost of living isn’t for everyone — and one of them got very religious and I wasn’t her cuppa tea. Sometimes, it DOESN’T work, even when you try.

      I’m not against it, but I’m realistic about the amount of available time in my life to “hang out and get to know new people” at this point in my life.

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  4. Short. Shorter. Trick question, Marilyn. Too early in the year for trick questions…


    • It takes a lot of just being together — physical proximity — to get to really know anyone. We don’t get out so often and the people our age are getting thin on the ground. That’s just the way it goes at this point in life. It might be easier in a larger town, but it’s pretty tough here where it’s hard to meet people unless you have kids in school or are regular church goers.


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