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
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