National Best Friend Day

June 8th is National Best Friend Day.

According to whom, I’m not sure – either greeting card or calendar companies. “Best friend” implies exclusivity, which I don’t want to do. No matter, as this day gives me a chance to reflect on wonderful women friendships.

Female friendships are a beautiful thing, and I’ve had the privilege of having many of them over my life. Here are a few, tho’ I’m leaving off names so as not to miss anyone. Still, I’ll throw in some pictures for fun.

In high school, I had two best friends but I had many others who were very important to me. And I’ve reconnected with a few of those, thanks to Facebook! It’s fun to see these old friends’ families and celebrations via photos and posts, and even catch up with the rare phone call.

In college, I had great friends – one I met at Freshman Orientation, and we still text regularly and our families have been together a handful of times. Another I’ve seen over the years for a few visits, and one I just exchange Christmas cards with. A couple I’ve lost track of, unless I look them up specifically on Facebook – they don’t show up on my feed, but I remember them fondly.

I’ve been very blessed in my adult life with amazing relationships. My husband and I are lifelong friends with one of the first couples we ever hung out with as adults – we’ve been camping together for over 25 years and even travelled in France together!

We stay in touch with other couple friends from those days of early family life, though we don’t get out West to see them since we moved to Wisconsin 23 years ago.

When we first moved back to the Midwest, we met another couple and instantly connected with them – more lifelong friends.

I had the opportunity to form close relationships with women at Bible Study at my church – in leadership and ministry and doing life together. I talk with one woman from that time every week! Lifelong friend! I formed special relationships in my neighborhood – by the garden or by the backyard swing set. I became friends with women who were my kids’ friends’ moms. I made close bonds with women I prayed with through my years of Moms In Touch. And I’ve mentioned before the amazing women I worked with in my jobs at the Church and the Children’s Museum.

We moved south, and I formed all new relationships. And it took time, but even the short year we lived in Florida brought several close friendships with marvelous women.

And now I live in the East – in Virginia – and I have more women influencers in my life.

Most of these women have been incredibly encouraging to me as I’ve walked through depression over the past 12 years. So many friends I’m thinking of as I write these words! Perhaps I should buy a stack of cards and send them to all these amazing women. This blog post is certainly a “Thank you!” to them!

I’m very lucky to have a best friend through all of these years – my sister. She’s amazing – a great mom, a talented writer, a hard worker, a generous woman, a fabulous friend. I’m proud to have her as my bestie.

Happy National Best Friend Day, Stace!

4 thoughts on “National Best Friend Day

  1. Jane June 7, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Your friendship means the world to me too! God knew I needed you for my spiritual growth, maintenance and encouragement. You, our prayer times in person, on the phone, and conversations have been a blessing through an amazing set of difficulties and spiritual battles. Thanking God for the friendship he gave us to lift each other up and sharpen one another. Love you my dear sister and friend in Christ.

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)

    “as iron sharpens iron, one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)

    Happy National Best Friend Day!

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    • peggyricewi June 7, 2019 / 10:07 am

      I love you! I’m so glad God brought us together, and that we’ve worked to maintain our friendship. We’re going to end up in the nursing home together!!

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  2. Anne C Snow June 6, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    Friendship matters! We lost a good friend to depression last week and it makes us sad and it makes us realize the importance of friendship. I’m very grateful for my friends and I need to tell them more often how much they mean to me!

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    • peggyricewi June 6, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      Your friendship means the world to me. I consider us lifelong friends! I’m sorry for your loss.

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