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Aside from my husband, my best friend is double my age. Honestly! Our birthdays are only 13 days apart, and we celebrated our 25th and 50th birthdays together. She’s older than my parents. But she is still my best friend.
Right now you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. And, well, maybe I’m am! But that doesn’t really matter to me.
So how did we meet? Well, we first met when I was three years old. I honestly don’t really remember her from back then. She had a daughter who was born the same month as my little sister. But they were three years younger than me, so I had very little interaction with them growing up. So basically she was my little sister’s best friend’s mom. Pretty far removed from my world! Oh, and she was also the lady who was in charge of religious education classes at our church. I didn’t have to interact with her much there either.
Then I moved out, went to college, and started a teaching career. That’s when our paths crossed again. She taught at the Hutterite colony I took my first teaching job at. Unofficially, she was assigned to be my mentor by the school. Officially – she became so much more!
Sheri is a wonderful person and a great friend! She has taught me more about teaching, self-reflection, and simply being a decent human being than I could have imagined.
We have spent hours scrapbooking together, traveling across Europe, and visiting one of the poorest Indian Reservations in all the nation – Pine Ridge. I’m not sure I could have chosen a better person to have traveled with at that point in my life!
Why am I telling you all this? I want you to keep an open mind about the friends you choose. Many of us search out friends who are similar in age to us, which there is nothing wrong with. However, how many times have you overlooked being someone’s friend because they are too old, or they do not share enough interests?
I for one believe we can never have enough friends. With that being said, I would also rather have four quarters than 100 pennies. Sometimes we need to sift through many people to find those quarters, but it’s very worthwhile in the end. My best friends are those I can see or talk to just once or twice and year, and yet I feel like nothing has changed since our last conversation. Those friends are the most worthwhile!
Think about your current friendships, or even your acquaintances. Who might be someone you could get to know better? Sometimes our most meaningful friendships come when we least expect them!