Is it true what they say? Friends come into your life for a reason, season or forever.

Childhood best friends. My California childhood best friend Valerie and I are still best friends and we’ve been best friends for, well, let’s just say it’s been a long time. Like, pretty much our entire lives. We don’t even talk every day, every week or even see each other except once every few years…but we love each other just the same. It’s the exact same with my other California childhood bestie Allison and my other longest friendship with my Nashville bestie Chandra. These three women live in two different states yet the love I have for each of them is the same. Your heart has no zipcode I guess! Between those three out of state best friends and the ones I have where I live now…I really have THE greatest group of best friends in the entire world! Seriously, I’m one lucky girl!

I once heard that friends come in your life for a reason, season or forever. The older I get, the more I realize how much this is true. Sometimes you have friends for years and then you just disconnect. Nothing bad necessarily happened, it was just disconnected. Sometimes you have friends for yeeeeears and you get away from each other for one reason or another but then you find your way back. That happened on two separate occasions in my life. Ironically, with both of my childhood BFF’s, but thankfully we found our way back. With every friendship though, I feel like a lesson is learned and I look at ALL of my friendships…good, bad, short or long, as little gifts from God. I treasure each and every one. Past, present and future.

I love watching my 11 and a half year old daughter and HER childhood best friend Reese. In this picture, Reese gave Lily this BFF necklace a few years ago when we were also neighbors with Reese and her family, just like my childhood best friend Valerie and me. I actually still have my BFF necklace from Valerie. Lily and Reese have been besties since they were five years old. Although we don’t live next door to them anymore, we still get together pretty often and the love and friendship hasn’t changed one bit. I also love that her parents are some of our best friends. It’s been so fun to watch these girls grow together the last seven years and it will be neat to watch them and their friendship grow together through the years ahead.

Who is YOUR childhood best friend?

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas

XO Surviving Mommy

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18 Comments

  • Janet says:

    My childhood best friend was a girl named Ellen. I met her in second grade in 1967. She lived at the end of my street and was an only child with dozens of nice toys, so I went there very often. East Point was like a Camelot back then, so my parents allowed me to walk by myself. She had a great playhouse where I got my first kiss from a boy named Curtis Davidson. It broke my heart when Ellen moved away and I’ve tried to find her on Facebook, but no luck! I can see her face so vividly and I will never forget the escape that she and her mom gave me from a bratty brother and sister. 😊

  • Terry H says:

    My longest childhood friendship was with my friend Karen. We met in 5th grade …… she was tomboy tough…. and I was shy and quiet. She wanted to beat me up ! Who knew we would become inseparable! That was a summer and school year I went to live with my dad because the school we were zoned for when my step-dad was transferred to Florida for his job…. was not a good one. Her and I became instant friends. We wrote letters, sent photos and every holiday and all the summers I stayed with my dad …. Karen and I spent every day together we possibly could ! We are still in touch to this very day ❤ That has been over 30+ years ago 😊

  • Michele Freeman says:

    First of all, if that is you in the top picture your daughters look just like you! Secondly, I too have several best friends. One of which lives near me and one that lives in Tennessee who was my childhood friend. The one in Tennessee I haven’t seen in over 15 years but when we talk, which isn’t much, it’s like we never had the years between the last time we saw each other. My friend here has been my bff for 14 years. We have had our ups and downs and times when we didn’t talk but we both know that we are there for each other. It’s a bond that will never be broken. Thanks for sharing and bringing back memories for me!

    • Hey Michele! That is my 11yo daughter Lily and her bestie Reese when they were five. hee hee Thank you for saying that, I never get that she looks like me! LOVE that you have all of these wonderful memories with your besties!!

  • Me says:

    We were so poor that we moved so frequently. I went to 6 different elementary schools. So making friends was always so difficult for me. Even as an adult. It doesn’t help that I am very introverted. My husband tells me all of the time that I “need” to talk to people. I am just satisfied staying home and resting. So most of my friends have been “reasons and seasons”. I do have two that we message pretty much daily. One, I’ve known since 8th grade and we went to college together. The other we met in college and we all roomed together. I love them both so much and wish making friends was that easy. One lives out of the country and the other out of the state.

  • Josie Long says:

    My childhood best friend is Maddison Payne (who you’ve met many times) by the way Cindy. ☺ We’ve known each other since like ever, and believe it or not, we actually met in Kroger (weirdest place to meet someone right)? Lol
    We’ve lived together, been on vacations together, and we’ve been to several Star94 events together, and she even went with me to tour the Stsr94 studios, for my 15th Birthday.
    All in she’s been my ride or die, bff since day one!

    I hope you are doing well Cindy. LøVë, and miss you bunches!

    Xoxo,
    Josie Long

  • Jasmine Stanford says:

    My childhood best friend has been my friend since we were 7. I’m almost 28. We see each other every few weeks and it’s always just as fun as when we were kids ☺

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I truly believe this. God has proven this to me over and over again. I love this article. Thank you for sharing

  • Wanda Tracey says:

    I liked and enjoyed this article very much as I can relate to this.I do believe this to be true and also I have oticed that you only get a certain window of time with everyone so we should make the best of that time that we can.

  • April Monty says:

    So true,time goes by so fast ,we all promised each other we’d be friends forever .

  • Kristi says:

    I believe this to be true also. Some friends stay and some go, and that’s okay. I had a very close childhood best friend that lived next door but we unfortunately did not keep in touch at all.

  • Jen D. says:

    I would say my older sister was my best friend in childhood. I’ve had some friends for a time – usually moving away brought a slow end to these friendships. Some friends I had in common with my kids being friends with their kids. I’m in my mid-50s now and realize more than ever how much to treasure special relationships. I’ve been reconnecting with some of my friends from my teen years recently and that has been pretty nice.

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