I always abbreviate the names of my friends and family on my blog. I started doing that when I wrote in New York, and I figure it's safer this way, since everyone has jobs and whatnot.
My friends live in Texas, New York, Hawaii, California, D.C., Europe and many locations in between. They are wives, daughters, aunts and sisters to many, and they are the greatest women I know. We share one-liner emails, heart-to-hearts, and have flown all over the country/world to see each other. All are a huge part of my life and come up often when I'm writing, and I should have done this sooner but this might make it easier to keep up.
Childhood friends: we grew up on the same street as each other, carpooled to school and snuck out of the house together...
MK, RW, ND, FR
High school and college friends (overlap): we bonded in Student Council and then spent four years enjoying College Station, Texas together...
AG, SR, EL, MD
College and sorority friends: people I've loved since literally Day One of university life. We spent many nights together at date parties, which have now been replaced with weddings...
CC, JP, KB, BF, AR, AR II, MG, KS, HR, HM, CT, MD
The New Yorkers: college friends who I moved to New York with; they both still live and work there...
LH: My (22-year-old) baby brother, who is a senior in college.
RM: Infamous. A friend from back in the day, he is the one guy who has been let in on the inner-workings of our Girl World. He once coordinated a Spring Break trip for himself and four girls by promising our fathers that he would protect and take a bullet for any of us. Not lying.
Insert several embarrassing photos here.
"One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world's end somewhere, and holds fast to the days, as to fortune or fame."
- Willa Cather