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I have a lifetime friend. We met in a unique way. She and I graduated college on the same day at the same college, but we didn't know each other at that time. We both lived in the same county, only a few miles apart. We were both mothers of junior high sons. We were both majoring in English. We both were hired for a job in our county on the same date. My friend began teaching my son her first year of teaching. She and I became close friends. We began sponsoring the Beta Club together. Since then, we have both moved to the high school level. We have taught side by side for twenty years. Our principal knows we are such good friends until when he moves one of us to another room, he automatically moves the other next door. We have coached cheerleading together for years, and we continue to sponsor the Beta Club at the high school level. That is a lifetime friend. It is a blessing to have a friend at work.
I have one of those. My "lifetime" friend is one who I grew up with in my childhood neighborhood. We then roomed together in college, and though we have moved hundreds of miles away from each other, we remember each others birthdays, and make a point to get together twice a year to catch up.
She drove to see me on my kids' graduations and weddings to help me out, and I did the same for her.
No matter how far apart, or how long it has been since we saw each other, each time we get together if feels as if we have never been apart.
I think that these posts reflect a more intimate meaning of the word "lifetime friends" than I think should apply. I see lifetime friends in a much more casual way. I think a lifetime friend is someone you have known for a long time, on good terms, but not necessarily intimately. Lifetime friends are people you are comfortable with even after long separations. But they do not need to be very close friends.
In my opinion, a lifelong friend is someone you've known most of your life. They're someone you've grown up with, someone you've shared good and bad times with. They're someone you've seen graduate, get married, and start a family. They're someone you regard as not just a friend, but as a part of your family.
I've been blessed to have someone I consider a lifelong friend. We met in elementary school, and we've been close ever since. My husband has three people he considers lifelong friends, although out of those three, he's only known one of them longer than he hasn't known him (they've been friends for over 20 years).
The general idea is that a lifelong friend is one who has supported you, shared with you, listened to you, and encouraged you throughout your life. This is particularly true when you have a person who is willing to stand by you, altruistically, during life-changing events that affect you directly.
Some people may say that a lifelong friend is one who was raised in the vicinity where you were raised and has interacted with you throughout most of your lifetime. However, that does not seem to be a very appropriate description because physical proximity does not entail support nor in-depth interaction.
The best descriptor of a lifelong friend would be the person or persons who have intervened throughout your life as as your direct social support system. Since most individuals need a support system in place to aid them through the many "crazies" of life, you can certainly call those who are there for you your "lifelong friends."
A lifelong friend is that one friend who you knew as a child and who is still your friend through adulthood. This is the friend who has seen you through great times and bad times. The one with whom when things get really bad you can pick up the phone and call and she or he is on the other end with no judgments.
A lifelong friend you can grow away from, move away from, hurt, hate and say awful things but will also forgive and forget and is always your friend. She sees the worst in you and the best in you and remains your friend regardless.
I am lucky enough to have a couple of “lifelong friends”. We grew up together and were the best of friends. We went separate ways in college and lost track for a few years but kept up with each other through our Mom’s. We all moved to opposite ends of the country and began our own lives. However, we have been there when life has taken bad turns.
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