As I grow older, I've come to realize how difficult it is to make friends compared to when I was younger. I believe that time in a huge factor. We simply don't have time to meet new people and build a relationship. Thankfully, over the years, we have been able to make good friends who we love very much and have become like family. But we've also had to let go of some. Such is life, I guess, and I've come to accept that sometimes things don't always work out the way we want them to and that's okay.
I am very lucky to still be friends with a lot of my childhood and school friends. Social media has helped us keep in touch, but beyond that, I think that we've also made the choice to keep in touch.
One friend in particular is my daughter's Godmother (let's call her The Godmother - original, huh? lol). The Godmother and I have been friends since we became seatmates in our senior year of high school. I still laugh thinking of how distant we were with one another when our teacher announced we would be sitting next to each other. We didn't know each other at all - our group of friends never hung out together. So we sat down on our seats and looked at the sides, avoiding each other's gaze, reluctant of one another. I don't remember what was going on in my head at that time. I don't even know who made the first move, but quickly we became good friends to the point that our teacher would scold us for always talking during class! We laughed all the time over stupid stuff. She was there when I met my husband (yes, we've been together since high school) and I always lent an ear and a shoulder for her to lean on whenever she needed. We eventually graduated from high school and did a bit of college together, before taking different paths.
I remember trying to set her up with one of my husband's close friend, but that didn't work out and eventually she got together with her future husband. A few months after graduating from college, I was pregnant with my miracle baby and in my heart I knew exactly who I wanted to be her Godmother.
Beyond being good friends, I truly appreciate her personality and the way she looks at life. Always smiling, never in a bad mood, and always up for fun, I really do admire her. Fifteen years ago, I thought she would make a great Godmother to our daughter and I have no regrets.
A few posts ago, I wrote about seeing her when we were in Cebu City (click here for the post). I thought it would be it, but turns out she insisted that we see each other on our last day. I was too happy to abide.
But it seemed that Mother Nature had other plans that day. As they were on their way, it started to rain cats and dogs and they were stuck on the road with zero visibility. I told her I didn't want to take any risks as I saw the videos she sent me and how hard it was for them to drive. She was also in a hurry because the person taking care of her kids had to leave at 4pm. Again, I told her it was fine and we would see each other again someday. But she wouldn't hear any of it. LOL. She sent me a message and said, "We're going back home to pick up the kids. We'll wait for the rain to calm down, then we'll come see you at the airport before your flight. I'm not gonna let the rain win this." LOL I literally laughed out loud because I wasn't surprised and this is why I love her so much.
As promised, they were waiting for us at the airport. I had told them that we weren't feeling well so no hugging and kissing, but that didn't mean we didn't have a good time. These are some of the moments I am thankful for. I realize that we've been blessed in so many ways.
Who knows when we will see each other again? In a few months, in a year? France, Philippines? All I know is that whatever path we may take, once upon time our paths crossed and bonded us forever.
Do you still talk to your childhood / school friends?