“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too?
Last week I sat at a late evening softball practice. My youngest was busy on the field and my older two occupied themselves with other siblings on the playground. I sat on the bleachers trading banter with the other moms. We didn’t discuss anything of importance – just some recipe discussion, homework debates, and a couple insights into the best “kids eat free” nights at local restaurants. Nothing life-changing.
Then one of the moms started talking about a skin issue her daughter has. This led to another mom admitting to her life-long struggle with psoriasis. I looked up at her and excitedly shared my own adulthood struggles with the same thing. She was so happy to have someone right there who understood exactly what she deals with on a daily basis. We laughed and almost simultaneously asked each other “Did we just become best friends!?”
I’ve known this mom for a while and we’ve always enjoyed each other’s company, but in that moment – over a weird skin condition – we bonded. We had empathy and we became friends.
I like that friendship can appear so quickly – that one day you exist without them and the next day you can’t wait to text or call or laugh or share a private joke. It’s intoxicating, really.
But, friendship isn’t always filled with the fuzzy, feel-good moments. Arguments happen, feelings sometimes get hurt, and when we least expect it friends drift apart. We grow, our needs change, and what was once a very important relationship can become conditional.
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