Melissa at 53Blonde (my Twitter Twin!) mentioned that today is National Best Friend Day.
I didn't get this memo until just now.
She asked the question: What constitutes a best friend?
I tried my hardest to use my big kid words and come up with a definition, and all I could say was "it's just a feeling."
It's just a feeling? Really?!
But it is. So here is what I love about my best friends (and yes - I have more than one and they know who they are!):
1. Nicknames (note: these are not in any particular order) - I'm starting off with something a little-less-than-heavy-mushy-icky here. I LOVE NICKNAMES.
A lot of my friends call me ACray because who wants to respond to "Ashley" ??
I'll tell you who
Fifteen other girls in the room.
That's who.Likewise, I tend to have nicknames for my lovely little friendlies. Whether it's Lou (short for lucifer, of course) or Kimothy, I love nicknames.
2. No Small Talk - So, how's the weather? How's life? Those are all great questions, but there's something about being around your best friend where those aren't the things you talk about. It's usually:
"Remember that one time I told you about
"I don't care that it's 6am - I'll come pick you up. Who's the guy?"
Or just a simple, "I miss you."
3. Secrets Be Gone - Simple as that. You know they'll never judge you. You know she has told you all of her secrets as well, and you don't judge back. If someone says something that rubs you the wrong way, she knows instantly that it:
- Hurt your feelings
- Knows why
- Difuses the situation
4. I've Got Your Back - I get my feelings hurt easily. Call me sensitive/emotional, whatever. But my feelings are fragile and I'll be the first to admit it. My best friends are the people who stick up for me when I need it. I don't always stick up for myself, so it helps to have a 2nd backbone to help me with it.
Oh! And this goes both ways too...
5. Memories - I have so many with these ladies. From the time we got fake nose piercings when we were 8 to the time we spent the entire summer of 2007 glued to each others hip, my best friends and I have had some amazing experiences that ties together our bond. Here are some examples:
- Camping and "pranking" the adults with our dinky water guns. We were outstaged, to say the least.
- Night in the Country - need I say more?
- "I'M IN BALLS!!" - I still laugh about the naked little Bolivian running around the room trying to translate "I'm Naked" to English
- COBA Labs for-what-seemed-like-eternity
- TV Room talks
- Pina Coladas
- "Pranking" the frat houses at 9am (I'm officially giving up becoming a professional pranker)
- Going to the Breakaway in sweats/PJs to celebrate something? - I have the pictures to prove this, but now I can't remember why we went? Jog my memory, lady.
So I'll repeat Melissa's question - What constitutes a best friend to you?