Last week in the series, we discussed your earliest school work. Less ‘things’, more ‘people’ from our lives this week…..
I have met an awful lot of people in my life and there are only a handful that I would put in the definite ‘not friends’ category (thankfully), but there are an equally small number that sit firmly in the ‘Without Question – Friend’ category. True, lasting friends, with longevity and support for each other through thick and thin.
I can remember being told by my mother, when I was a teenager (possibly following a bust-up with some other surly girly teen) that I would “find out who your real friends are”. She said it as if she could almost be tapping the side of her nose knowingly. Like some kind of secret masonic code would reveal itself to me over time. She turned out, rather irritatingly, to be right as usual.
Friends have come and gone. Those that have lastest longest are not necessarily the best. Life has put distance between some of us – but it has not dulled real friendships.
Let me introduce you to Julie. She is my bestest friend. I met her in 1985 when I was a naive 18 year old, fresh from A levels. She was a worldly 22, in a steady relationship and running a pub. She also had a dog. A really big dog. I thought her terribly grown up.
I am brunette. She is blonde. I am tall. She is short. I was a bit ‘girls’ Grammar schoolish’. She was chirpy and bubbly. I played netball. She rode a Harley Davidson.
We became firm friends fast, and over 25 years later, we still are.
I have suffered loss. So has she. I have been through divorce. She has had cancer. I live in North Yorkshire. She lives in the West Midlands. I have 2 kids. She does not.
We are so vastly different, and yet so compatible.
I love her with all my heart, and hope to be her pal ’til the day we die.
We don’t see each other often, or even speak on the phone regularly these days, but it really doesn’t matter.
I get it now, Mom.
Do you have a lifelong Best Friend?
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Other posts in this series:-
Week 1 – ‘My earliest baby photo’
Week 3 – ‘Earliest Writings, by Helen’