I went to dinner with friends last weekend. I have tons of aquaintances but only consider about 3 friends to be my close friends. It's hard to nuture friendships with parenthood, work life and married life.
Best friends I have three. One of them is local, one in Missouri and one in Germany. I spent Wednesday with the local one. Now, if we are talking about other friends, I have bunches. I spend as much time as I can with them, but with my schedule it isn't always as often as I would like.
I live in the middle of a senior citizen retirement community. The town closes down at 8pm. It has been a very lonely 6 years here. I hang out with my boy, age 7. I call old friends from home around the holidays...It didn't dawn on me that I had no friends, past mere acquaintance level, until I make out job applications and I'm asked to give 3 references of non-family people. :P