While I do have some friends from childhood, and at my age that is a long time, there are some who have long since disappeared from view.
In a way it’s sad because of the memories of fun times, but in some ways it’s healthy because it can mean growth and maturity. I am not the same person I was way back in junior high school when best friend Sondra and I were inseparable. That doesn’t mean I don’t still feel a fondness for my friend and wonder from time to time how she is doing. Our lives obviously took us in different directions and, as I am sure she has, I’ve made other friends and experienced different adventures.
Once in a while you are lucky to connect with someone who does become a seemingly permanent fixture in your life; these are the people that you’ve grown with, shared common interests and yet have managed to retain your own identity. Whether gone from your present or still around, every friendship you’ve shared brings riches to your life that helps to make you who you are.
Of course there are the rarities, the friends who are so much a part of your life that you couldn’t possibly think of your life without them – I am lucky to have a few of those too. I married one and another I was blessed to share parents with… and of course there are two I gave birth to, lol. And yes I have a few “BFFs” that I’m not related to as well.
This is a salute to friends both here and gone and a thank you for being in my life. I’ve enjoyed our adventures, appreciated the support, cared about you and learned from you. All my friends will always have a place in my heart.