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- 2 Jun 16

AN ODE TO BEST FRIENDS

There are four of us.
We used to live together.
Now we live far apart.
But we’re still the best of friends.

The kind of friends
who are always there,
Even when we are far away
And haven’t spoken… in ages.

The kind of friends
Who have your back
And know how to make you laugh
Even when they’re laughing at you.

The kind of friends
Who you tell anything to
And they’ll support you, always
… even when you’ve been bonkers

BECAUSE WE GO WAY BACK…

There are four of us.
Student flatshare above a shop.
Daytime TV and college projects,
Endless chat, sitting on our beds

Then, 20-somethings in London
Fashion cupboards & party invites
Carpet picnics to Sex & the City
House white and hangovers

Then, snogs, dates and ‘proper’ boyfriends
Engagement drinks and dress shopping
Bridesmaid duties, amazing weddings
Dancefloor craziness to ‘Gat Decor’

 

Pregnancy tests and blue lines,
Miscarriages, birth, clueless new mums
Actual children! (how did that happen)
Nine of them, from the four of us.

Birthday parties, picnics & play-dates
Moving houses, kids starting schools
Making new friends & lives evolving
Keeping in touch whenever we can  

Chaotic lives and snatched phone calls,
Businesses to run, things to do!
Annual brunches and nights away
Order Champagne – we deserve it

BECAUSE WE’LL GO WAY FORWARDS…

There are four of us,
And I can imagine that we’ll still be us
Through our 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s…
When our skin creases and our eyes twinkle

Even if we have yawning gaps
When life is busy and we forget to call,
Even if we don’t see each other
As much we did back in the day…

But when we do, it will always be good.
We’ll have carpet picnics and house white
Laugh at old-times and in-jokes
Cherishing memories, while creating more…

BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT BEST FRIENDS DO
AND THEY’LL ALWAYS MAKE ME HAPPY.

__________________________________________

I’m taking part in Kipling’s #WeMakeHappy campaign by sending my best friends message which will be displayed at Kipling’s huge, colourful installation at London’s Southbank on June 18th. 

If you’d like to take part and celebrate a friend, simply share your message at: We-MakeHappy.com

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Molly Gunn, Editor

Molly Gunn is the founder and editor of Selfish Mother, a site she created for like-minded women in 2013. Molly has been a journalist for over 15 years, starting out working on fashion desks at The Guardian, The Telegraph & ES Magazine before going freelance in 2006 to write for quality publications. She now edits Selfish Mother, sells #GoodTees to raise funds for charity, & writes freelance for Red Magazine and The Sunday Telegraph's Stella. Molly is mother to Rafferty, 5 and Fox, 3, and is married to Tom, founder of Millionhands. They live in Bruton, Somerset.

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