Once two people have reached and surpassed the seven-year threshold, the friendship is meant to last a lifetime. With just having celebrated International Friendship Day (yesterday), it makes me appreciate my friendship with Jennifer even more. Come December, it will be our ninth friend-iversary. I think it is safe to say that after almost nine years of friendship, there will never come a day when we are not friends. We are like two peas in a pod until it comes to those rare and few things that we are polar opposites on; I guess that is what has made it work.
Going through high school at a new school and maneuvering through college life brought on its challenges, but we had our quirks to push through. Our regular study dates via Skype made for some late nights, but we always rocked our tests, especially for history and economics. She was my go-to person when I needed some extra help in math, and I was her grammar patrol for anything English. At school, we were practically inseparable, and everyone knew it. We could talk across a room without uttering a word; our looks said it all.
After graduation, our schooling has branched off in different directions. While she is in the middle of her nursing program, I am at school in a different state, and free time comes at a commodity. But when our free times happen to fall at the same time, we take full advantage of it. The local frozen yogurt shop is a tasty treat after those hard days by the books. I like to call these fro-yo runs little life celebrations, but in all reality, they are just an excuse to see my bestie and indulge in a sweet treat.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes. I could not celebrate International Friendship Day without mentioning my little buddies too. I have had the great pleasure of babysitting two adorable kids for the past two years. We have so much fun together, and I often forget that I am the ‘grown-up.’ I honestly do not know who has more fun, me or them. They keep me on my toes, that is for sure. I have found myself doing some crazy, yet kid-friendly, activities over the years. We have done scavenger hunts, homemade goop and bubble experiments, and sing-along sessions that spanned from nursery rhymes to the Mary Poppins soundtrack, not to mention the umpteen viewings of Beauty And The Beast; I pretty much know the movie by heart. But nothing will ever top the time I tied a loose tooth to a remote-controlled car with floss for a memorable extraction.
I never knew two little kiddos could leave such an imprint on my heart. We are like the Three Musketeers, and our play dates usually bring some element of adventure. There is never a dull moment. I now hold the title of professional PB&J sandwich maker and the official snuggle referee when it comes to who gets to sit in my lap first. I love them to pieces, and the bond only grows stronger with each hour of play.
This does not begin to describe every aspect of my friendships, but it is a pretty good start. Friends are the family we get to choose, and I do not know what I would do without my friends. We keep each other accountable and sane. Making times for friends is important, and it is well worth the time away from the responsibilities of life, whether it is with the big or little friends. Take advantage of the time spent with friends and make memories while you can. It just may be the difference between being friends and forever friends.
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