(Updated) Friends are Friends Forever…
As a child of the 80s and 90s, this song is the quintessential “friend” song. This song was played every year at my high school’s graduation. (I wonder if they’ve found something new, or if they’ve stayed with the tried and true.) It’s become a joke, just because it was played over and over and over…and over 🙂 But, I can’t help to think that some friends are forever, and when you find a forever friend, you are blessed beyond measure.
I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship recently. I looked up “friend” on dictionary.reference.com, and I found words/phrases like “on good terms,” “attached to another by feeling or affection,” “supporter.” Those are pretty positive terms, and all those characteristics are necessary for a good friend. But sometimes, one isn’t on good terms with a friend or not supportive of a friend’s decision or action. What happens then? Are the two still friends?
In my opinion, if a friend stays with you no matter what, they are considered a forever friend. They are your supporter, your cheerleader, your confidant. You may not agree with each other all the time, but you love them, and you want what’s best for them. I’m finding that it’s hard to find forever friends the older I get, but they are out there (and I’m excited to find them!).
I have been blessed to find forever friends in 3 other women. We grew up together, from church nursery through college, and to today. We have been in each other’s weddings, grieved the loss of parents and grandparents together, cried over boys together (gotta love high school…), and have watched our families grow together. We’ve disagreed and fought with each other, but that never broke our friendship bond. We’d quickly get over our differences and go back to loving each other.
I love these girls more than they’ll ever know. We don’t live close anymore, but we are bound together forever. We’ll see each other in a few weeks, and we’ll pick up right where we left off.