Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Power of Friendship

Today I spent a lovely afternoon with two of my best friends. These two ladies, Christine and Amanda have been my best friends my whole life. I'm not even kidding. Each of us is approximately nine months apart in age. We like to say that we were born for each other.

Over the years we haven't always been in touch or seen each other on a regular basis but it has never changed the amount of love that we have for each other. These were the two people who taught me how to be a friend and its just so wonderful to be able to still have that continuing bond. Each of our lives have taken many interesting turns...Christine is married with two kids, Amanda just got engaged and lives in Connecticut and me? Well I'm still very single but I'm not bitter. I support my girls no matter what. The coolest thing to me is that despite the fact that we are three completely different people with completely different lives, it doesn't seem to have changed our friendship. Sure, it means that we don't get the time to talk as much as we'd like but we will always pick up like no time has passed at all.

Today was the first time the three of us have really spent time together since we were all teenagers. It was so great to be able to be together and talk about how much things have changed but we're still the same three people in our core. We love talking about our younger days and all the silly things we did and said and we talk about our lives now and how weird it is that we're all adults now. Amanda was hilariously overwhelmed by Christine's two young sons while I just got down on the floor and played with the little guys.

Honestly I think the most interesting and important about our friendship is that regardless of anything...time, distance, growing up, etc. we still really want to be a part of each others' lives. I have other close friends who i don't get to spend much time with that I felt like I've grown apart from considerably. Mainly because they want me to be a part of their life when they want. And we let our growing up and choosing other paths change things. I was one of the first people Christine told when she got pregnant with her younger son Christopher and I was her witness when she got married. I was one of the first people Amanda called when she got engaged. And when these things happen to me they'll be the first people I call. We're there to support each other no matter what. We three are the true definition of from cradle to grave.

And I realize that not everyone is lucky enough to have a friendship like ours. I consider those two girls my sisters and I know they feel the same about me. Its a really beautiful thing.