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Growing up is not the easiest thing to do, but one thing about my childhood was I always had friends. When I was 5 (earliest memory) my best friend lived across the street from us, we went to school together, Brownies together, and back then we could play outside for hours. Growing up and moving to the mountains meant leaving her, but the first day of a new school (2nd grade) I made new friends right away. Some of those friends I still keep in contact with even though our lives have moved on.
College was wonderful. I had great friends and made my best friend from the forced living arrangements. There was never a night I had alone, or a Saturday I was wondering what mischief I was going to get in. There was always someone to hang out with.
College ended and my life came back to the mountains. In the absence of the old friends I made new ones and had a wonderful time. We did movie nights, dinners out, camping, hiking, and during those years I met my husband.
After meeting my husband it is safe to say my circle of friends took a back seat to him. He became my best friend and the only one I really ever wanted to be around. The girl friends started fading as they too got married and moved on. Sometimes we would befriend a couple together and have bbq’s, date nights, but that did not seem to last once there were children.
During pregnancy I was once again surrounded by girl friends who had been “there before”. It seemed like pregnancy leveled the playing field once again and we had a lot in common. Then the baby is born and schedules get formed and for awhile I was alone again.
After baby number 2 and a few years the friendships started to form again. Friendships with women who had children of similar ages. Still there is not the ease there had been when I was younger. Life gets so busy and lives seem to never intersect.