I sent the message on a Saturday at 6.45am, apologising for sending it so early.
We’re nearly all mothers now, so really I have no idea why I apologised for sending a message so early. I knew full well that the majority of them would already be awake, but you know, I was probably trying to be polite!
I was asking them for a photo of themselves.
A photo that captures who they are.
A photo of each one of the most special people that I am lucky enough to call my friends**
Friendship is a wonderful thing, isn’t it!?
I’m so lucky to have found so many great friends throughout my life…and to still have them now, after so many years.
I’ve had to call on my friends so much recently. Their input and their ears have been invaluable during what has been a really difficult few years, and I value their friendship more now than ever – so I wanted to celebrate them!
I love that I still have friends that were my friends at primary school and that, even though I now live so far away from them (and hardly ever see them), they are still my friends and I know that if I ever needed them they would be there.
St. Wilfrid’s CE High School brought me some of the best friends I will ever have. 7 years is a long time to get to know people – the highs and lows of teenage life brings fights and fall-outs, but these were some of the most fun and best years of my life. The common room that no longer exists was where I found myself, and where I cemented friendships that will last forever more…
University found more friends coming on board, very few of them are still in my life but thanks to the wonders of Facebook and Instagram I can see what they’re up to and it’s lovely to share in their moments of joy and pride…
And then there was Vauxhall. The best year of my life.
And the joy of that year still lightens my mood at even the darkest of times.
Because that’s what friendship is. And that’s what it does to you.
What is the saying, “There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little better”?
And that couldn’t be more true…
Hiding me from teachers in the common room…Eating bacon sarnies on break time…Eating so many Chupa Chups you think you might be sick…Singing to Bryan Adams waaaaaay too loud…Carrying me home after one too many…Laughing so hard it feels like your sides will split…Shooting down water slides in Gran Canaria…Calming me down in my angry moments…Listening to my hurts and making them better…Holding my babies and loving them so much…
And now, my work friends that have become so, so much more than just colleagues, and my fabulous, wonderful, amazing Mummy friends that keep me sane, invite us round for play dates that involve cake and Prosecco, take me out to the cinema to watch Bridget Jones, join me for cocktails and talk and talk and laugh and laugh until closing time…
To all my friends, near and far, thankyou.
Life without you all in it, in all your various shapes and sizes would be that much more difficult.
Thankyou for the fun.
Thankyou for the laughter.
Thankyou for being you.
What are your best friendship memories? I would love to hear them in the comments!
Speak soon, x
**I haven’t actually used any of the photos that they sent to me in this blog post – I have instead used far more embarrassing ones. That’s just how I roll!