12 Year Friendversary

It’s crazy to think that I have been friends with Karen for twelve years already. I mean in just four short years I will have known her for as long as I didn’t know her before we met. Does that make sense? It means I will have known her for half my life when I hit 32 years old. It blows my mind.

I met my best friend Karen when I was sixteen years old. I was a cashier at a store called Academy, they sell sports equipment. She was 19 and had just transferred from another location. I thought she was closer to my age because she looked younger than her age. I wanted to be friends with her pretty much immediately. We had a bit of a tumultuous friendship at first. We got along fine in the beginning but Karen was three years older than me and there were just some activities she got up to that I wasn’t quite old enough to do. She then became my superior at work and our friendship suffered because of it. I thought I could get away with not doing my job since my friend was my team leader so I would just not do my job. It frustrated her and she finally got sick of it and started getting me in trouble. Of course I didn’t like this. We got into a couple arguments and we took a break from being friends for a bit.

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Us at Karen’s birthday dinner.

We couldn’t stay on a break too long though. We eventually became friends again. She had started seeing someone. Someone she is married to today but also that someone happened to be the guy who took me on my first date. We laugh about it now. They got married and had a daughter. I got married and went through a divorce. I remarried and she got pregnant with her son only six weeks before I got pregnant with mine.

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When we were pregnant with Cillian and Elijah

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At my wedding.

We’ve been to each other’s baby showers, birthdays, Christmas parties, and any other thing you can think of. We talk about everything. I honestly can’t imagine my life without her in it. She is not only my best friend but she’s like an older sister to me. I have learned so much from her and she gives me such great advice. I really do see her as my family. We always have a great time with each other, we have the best conversations and I cherish her friendship so so so much.

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At Felix’s first birthday.

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A girl’s trip to Dallas, TX.

We probably see each other once a month because life is busy and we both have two kids. We know we’re always there for each other though and that alone makes me feel comforted in our friendship. I feel really blessed to be celebrating such a long friendship and I can’t wait when we’re old and still laughing at each other’s jokes and hanging out.

 

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Burton says:

    It’s such a lovely feeling to keep such lifelong friends over the years. ❤ Stay fabulous! Hope you both have a great weekend! 😀

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  2. Andrea says:

    Aaah what a wonderful and unique story!
    I have a friend whom I started of with a little hate towards each other. Until we were in the same chessteam. We suddenly had the same goal and had to work together.
    From that moment on, we were best friends 😀

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    1. It’s funny how that happens, you think you dislike someone then something just brings you back together and it just sticks.

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  3. Mackenzie says:

    This is so precious!!! loved reading about your friendship , and from where it all started! Thanks for sharing and having friendversary to you two!

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  4. Karen says:

    🎤🎤🎤Let me tell you ’bout my best friend🎶🎶🎶

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    1. Hunida says:

      Aww happy friendaversary to you two!! That’s so fun that you were pregnant together. That’s BFF goals right there. ♡

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