Today is dubbed “National Best Friend Day”, which really made me think about what the definition of a best friend is.
As you grow up, you meet so many people. Your best friend in nursery school, the kids you play with in the neighborhood, your teammates on your sports teams…so do you truly have just ONE best friend?
Some of your friends from these formidable years are easier than others to continue a friendship with, whether it is because your parents are friends as well, you go to the same schools, or you are in the same neighborhood.
As you get older and choose your path for your career and your own family, new friends enter into your life while other friends may fizzle away.
There are the friends that you talk to every day and they practically know what you had for each of your meals, why your son had a temper tantrum that day, etc. Then there are the friends that you talk to every now and then. Time goes by, maybe months, but then you catch up on a phone call or via email and it’s as if time never passed between your last chat.
I am thankful to have a GREAT support system of friends (and family, but we’re talking about friends today), near and far. I met my first ever best friend was when I was three years old living on Long Island. She was, and still is, a spitfire. Stacy taught me how to ride my bicycle and got me addicted to pretzels and Pathmark iced tea. We collected stickers and stamps together, loved Donald Duck, and had countless sleepovers. We loved our trips to Cheap John’s, where we’d stock up on candy and other nicknacks. I’m so glad to have her in my life today. We talk here and there, mostly by text or Facebook, and each and every time we chat it is as if no time has passed and she’s still living a block and a half away. AND she still cracks me up. To the point that people look at me weird because I’m sitting in a car on the way to the airport and just bust out laughing from something she texted me.
I am thankful for all of my friends, from way back when through today. Whether they “hang around for a little while” or “stay by my side for the long haul”, I feel that there is a reason they crossed my path. (Some I am still wondering a bit about LOL, I’ll get back to you on those.)
I’m renaming today “National Best FriendS Day”. Call, text, email, Snapchat, Facebook message, send smoke signals – to your best friends today and tell them how much they mean to you!