By Maria Martinez
Blog Content Contributor
I went to the same tiny private school for almost all of my life. There was only one all-girls class per grade and each class consisted of 30 people maximum. Since there were so few of us, we all knew each other exceptionally well. Consequently, I was able to easily discover who my best friends were going to be for the rest of my life.
Childhood friends are the best kind of friends. I’ve seen my friends succeed and fail, cry and smile, in love and heartbroken. It is sweet to think that I’ve kept these friendships for years and years since first meeting them when we were just kids. We’ve been side by side at every stage of our lives (even in our most awkward stages) and I love them unconditionally. We’ve basically seen each other grow into the people we are today.
We all parted ways in college. We each chose the path that was best for us. Some moved to different parts of Mexico, some stayed in our hometown and others just moved hours away from Laredo. We don’t see each other as often as we did growing up, because our schedules have become busier and busier. However, when we do get the chance to meet up every now and again, it’s like we were never apart. It feels so good when this happens because we update each other about what has happened in our lives in the time that we were apart. I wait months, missing them, and when I finally see them I cannot stop talking. We talk about everything: love, new friends, family, school and jobs; there is not one topic that is out of boundaries. We trust each other so much that we are comfortable telling each other everything. They are literally my personal diaries.
I love how I don’t have to give them a summary of my entire life because they lived every experience with me. I have always thought of them as an extra memory bank since it is impossible to remember every anecdote that has ever happened to me. Whenever we get nostalgic and start reminiscing about our adventures, we are all there for each other to fill in the holes of the stories. If one can’t recall the exact details of a story, the others will jump in to help the other finish it.
My best friends have a unique perspective of my life. They know how much I have worked to be where I am today. I can confidently say that they sometimes know me better than I know myself. They know what makes me happy, sad or even mad. Whenever I want to laugh, they are my go to people. They just have to say, “remember when…” and I know I won’t stop laughing for a while.
No one will ever replace the love I have for my childhood friends. These girls are like my sisters. They have become part of my family; my family loves them as if they are part of it too. I know our friendship will never end and I hope one day, our kids can be friends too.Girls, I am so thankful to have you in my life. Thank you for always being there for me when I need you the most. I am so proud of all you have accomplished up to this day and it makes me so happy to see how everyone is achieving their dreams. We have so many adventures still waiting ahead of us. I really cannot wait to know what the future holds for us. However, the one thing I know for sure is that our friendship will not weaken, it will just get stronger as the years go by.
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