History of a friendship

9 Apr

This is the story of how I met my best friend.

It was freshman orientation. The year was 1997 and the style was, well, pathetic. My mom and I showed up to the school and took the tour, met some teachers and then mingled. She was with her mom, too. She told me she had not gone to the public middle school like the majority of new freshman and knew almost no one.

“I’ll be your friend,” I said in typical me fashion.
“Okay,” she replied.

On the way home she told her mom about our conversation.

“I’d be careful with anyone that eager to make friends,” her mom said.

We’ve been best friends ever since. I’m just friendly, not desperate. Geez.

We have not lived in the same state since high school. We both went to out of state colleges and moved after graduation. However, our friendship has remained consistent. We have a history together that distance doesn’t shake. Even when I lived in Florida and she lived in New York, we saw each other more than I saw some people who only lived 20 minutes away. We’ve been lucky, but we  don’t take the friendship or our history for granted.

How did you meet your best friend?

Visiting our high school locker with a photo from the last day of school in the same spot

Visiting our high school locker with a photo from the last day of school in the same spot

Today was Day Eight (or Day H) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

I am also linking up with Inspired Tuesdays and the Nice to Meet You Blog Hop

Hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter! New friends make me happy…obviously!

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75 Responses to “History of a friendship”

  1. kerri April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I met my BFF in 7th grade science class. I recently wrote about her during a 5minute friday: http://undiagnosedbutokay.blogspot.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-remember.html
    I love learning about your friendship. It sounds so similar to my own 🙂

  2. dishofdailylife April 9, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    That’s such a sweet story! One of my best friends I met in 7th grade, and although I moved in high school, we still ended up rooming together for 3 years of college and we are still very close, after 30+ years. We live on opposite sides of the country, but I am visiting her this summer! Yay!

    • Another Clean Slate April 9, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      It is so good to know you always can count on someone! Yay for your visit this summer!

  3. Katherine April 9, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    How sweet!

    So excited that you are joining in for the green smoothie challenge! Be sure to tell all your friends and family. :p


  4. Katherine April 9, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    How sweet! So glad you are joining us for the green smoothie challenge!!!! Let me know how you like it. 🙂


  5. sincerelyshannonblog April 9, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Such a sweet story! The friends that you can pick up right where you left off, even if you haven’t seen each other in months, are the best kind.

  6. Dana April 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    I don’t keep in touch with anyone from high school – how great to have a BFF that you have known for so long! I don’t think I could pick a best friend, but I have a handful of close girlfriends.

    Btw – you’re doing great on this A to Z challenge – I’m impressed by your stamina to write a post every day!

  7. Heather Boney April 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    How funny! I posted about my best friend today, too! Feel free to come over and read the story.

  8. treadmillconfessions April 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I actually met my BFF on the internet. When I learned we were both relocating to the same area (Phoenix, AZ), I asked her, “Will you be my real-life friend?”

    Thank goodness she said, “Yes!”

    • Another Clean Slate April 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Circle yes, no or maybe?

      • treadmillconfessions April 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

        pretty much Ha!

  9. classywithakick April 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I love this story. Old friends are the best. I met my best friend in middle school. We sat the same desk in different classes and left each other notes. It was 7th grade and we are still best friends – even though we are very different!

    Classy with a Kick

  10. Cheryl Rennels April 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    My two best friends I’ve only know for 10 years. I’m so different now than I was in school, that I could never relate the current “me” to the old me or my old friends. I know, I’m weird.

    • Another Clean Slate April 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      I definitely know what you mean- this has happened with other people, but luckily my best friend and I seem to have grown and changed together.

  11. outlawmama April 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Awww. I love best friendship. I met my best friend at a party and we’ve been besties ever since. It was on Christmas Eve.

  12. icescreammama April 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    wow – i’d be skeptical of any mom who would say that.. what the hey!?

  13. LB April 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 🙂 Just followed you! Would love to have you follow me at http://www.bloglovin.com/lbinwonderland

    I love your blog! 🙂

  14. megan April 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    how sweet! I love stories like this. I met my best friend in kindergarten and we’re still close -even worked together for a while.

  15. Wayne Kelly April 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Nice post – I did laugh when I read about what your friend’s mum said – typical protective mother comment! I think one of the things that confirms you are very close friends with someone is that even when you spend long periods of time apart, when you eventually meet again it’s like only a few minutes have passed. Keep up the good work on the challenge – good luck!

  16. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls) April 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    My bestie and I met as juniors in high school in 1996! We run a blog from our homes in Tampa and Annapolis and have never been closer! : ) Love hearing bestie stories!

  17. Rowena April 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    What a lovely story, but strange what the mum said though. I have lots of friends, but would say my husband is my BFF.

  18. Rossandra White April 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Funny you should ask. I just took my BFF–not the only one–but she certainly is the one who is like a sister to me. We’ve been through a lot together. Nothing like girlfriends, is there?

  19. Tina April 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    How lovely that you two found each other! Not everyone has that luck.

  20. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice April 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Friends are what make life so special… they are precious so treat them kindly.
    Enjoy the Challenge…. 1/2 way there!!

  21. helen jameson April 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    My best friend lived in a nearby apartment, and I often saw her sketching with charcoal on the front lawn and sipping tea. We were both young, penniless, and artsy. She invited me to share a plate of enchiladas at a nearby restaurant (notice the share a plate reference). Our friendship was sealed over two enchiladas and some rice and beans. I talk to her often.

    • Another Clean Slate April 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      What a great story! Sharing a plate will definitely bring you together 🙂

  22. M Pepper Langlinais April 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

    I met my best friend when she moved in next door to me. I was eight and she was four, and we’re still best friends. Hell, I taught her to read . . . And talked her through boys . . . So she’s family as much as a friend!

  23. Carol April 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for visiting Buttercup’s. I don’t have a best friend, but I’ve got a few great friends. Two from college, one from high school and one from the fifth grade. Love them all!

  24. Quirky Chrissy April 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I love how eager you were to be friends. I was the same way freshman year of high school with my friend Kim. We shared a mutual friend and when she introduced us I was all, “We should eat lunch together!”

    The story of meeting my best friend (Katie at Words for Worms who was using a pseudonym on my blog briefly) is here: http://www.quirkychrissy.com/2012/06/26/bradley-university-me/

  25. Elliot B. April 9, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Good post. It is hard to find someone that you can stay good close friends with no matter the distance. I can relate too because my best friend is in Hawaii and I’m in California. We met during soccer. He shaved my head as a hazing ritual. Been best friends ever since.
    We Are Adventure

  26. Tomekha April 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Awwwwww! That’s really cute, I love that you’re still best friends even now. 🙂 My high school best friends and I aren’t that close anymore – ‘s really sad.

    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      You can always try and reconnect- sometimes people just grow apart though 😦 Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Dan Miller April 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    That’s a very cool post. I think it’s rare but incredible that you guys have been able to remain so close despite all of the obstacles. You must have a bond that will never be broken.

    Dan Miller

  28. Honeybee April 10, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    I have bestfriend from high school, but since we married we are not as close as before anymore. Maybe we are busy with our own family. Now my husband is my BFF. Glad you posted this.


    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      He is a lucky guy and I am sure your high school best friend would still be there if you needed her!

  29. Bhavya April 10, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    Its really sweet that you guys are best friends even now 🙂
    Here’s to best friends… 🙂 🙂

    Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog

  30. DeenasDays April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    i really like your blog!

  31. Kate April 10, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    What a great story. I met my BFF on our first afternoon at university – we haven’t seen each other in so long since she is now living in New Zealand, and I miss her just about every day.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Wow- you definitely have much further to travel to see one another. Thank goodness for technology- love Skype!

  32. Ellie April 10, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    What a nice story – so glad you remained friends 🙂 I met my best friend when we were both sixteen, working very glamorous jobs at the local mall (a toy store!).

    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      So fun! There are too few toy stores in mall now 😦

      • Ellie April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am #

        I know, it’s so odd to me. There’s literally only a Toys R Us near me and even that is a 30 minute drive. I feel a “back in my day…” story coming on. lol

      • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 10:52 am #

        Yes!!! I am sure you have some funny stories from working in a toy store.

  33. Kate Rigby (@mrsdiggerhound) April 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    What a lovely choice for your A to Z post. Such a nice story of 2 best friends. Thanks for stopping by blog to yesterday, The Tales of Me.


  34. Elisa April 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    awwww thanks for the shout out BFF!! I love you! 🙂

  35. Adrienne Bolton (@TheMommyMess) April 11, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Great friends are a treasure! I have a couple girlfriends that I met in middle school, over 20 years ago. Geesh, I’m old. We’ve

  36. Heather (@mylittlehea) April 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    The two girls I would say are my closets friends I met when I was older..like college. I could come up with a million and one excuses, but I don’t think I’v ever had a best friend since my sister pretty much filled that role for so long since we moved all the time.

    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      That is great that your sister is your best friend. You guys are lucky! My sister is pretty awesome too 🙂

  37. desiraer April 16, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    It is great that you have been able to remain so close even though you are not so ‘close’!


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