Sunday, July 14, 2013

Make new friends, but keep the old......

Once upon a time, there was a girl who moved across the country with her new husband. She knew only two people in her new city, and in the course of the next year met a handful more.

She became pregnant, and although she tried to make mommy friends, it just didn't seem to be happening. The time to have the babe got closer, and the girl knew only one person in town who had a kid. It looked like mothering was going to be a little bit lonely. One day at work, a co-worker mentioned that she had a friend, who was also pregnant, and who was also living on that side of town.

After her baby was born, out of desperation, the girl messaged her, this pregnant girl who lived nearby. Just to see if she wanted to get together for coffee. Just to find another woman who knew what it was like to have a new baby, who was in the neighborhood, and really, just to see what would happen.

And that's how best friends met.

But I'm not just talking about the Mommy's.

They moved away today. My best friend. Bjorn's. Peanut's. The Hubs. It isn't often that everyone in a family gets along well with everyone in the other family. It's a blessing, and you don't find friends like that everyday. They will only be a 2 hour plane ride away, but that is a far cry from the 10 minute car drive they were before today.

Distance does funny things to people sometimes. Makes the heart grow fonder in some, while others tend to let the distance be a reason to let friendship slide. I firmly believe that best friends don't stop being best friends just because they move away from each other. Friends are forever, young and old.

We will miss you, best friends. But this isn't good-bye. It's see you later.

"Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That's how long I will be your friend. A fire burns bright, it warms the heart. We've been friends, from the very start. You have one hand, I have the other. Put them together, We have each other. Silver is precious, Gold is too. I am precious, and so are you. You help me, and I'll help you and together we will see it through. Across the land, Across the sea, Friends forever, We will always be." - Make New Friends song, which I remember singing when I was a Girl Scout.

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